Patient Self-Management: Diabetes

The Background

The Background

Patient Self-Management for Diabetes was designed to scale the model and successes from the Asheville Project to five different employers. The APhA Foundation’s refined structure and process model for collaborative care and provided evidence that the clinical, humanistic and economic outcomes in Asheville could be achieved with multiple employers.


Key Objectives:

  1. To assess the outcomes for the first year following the initiation of a multisite community pharmacy care services (PCS) program for patients with diabetes.
  2. To implement and evaluate the first year of operation of a collaborative health  management program coordinated by community pharmacists, in conjunction with other health care providers, that will improve adherence with diabetes self-management strategies and keep patients with diabetes healthy and productive on the job, which, in turn, will lower employers’ overall health care costs
  3. To develop a patient self-management training and assessment program, successful completion of which will equip patients with the knowledge and skills needed to actively participate in managing their diabetes
  4. To encourage employers to provide appropriate financial incentives to (a) patients (employees) to encourage their participation in the program, and (b) providers (pharmacists, physicians, certified diabetes educators, and other health care professionals) to encourage active patient participation and interaction, including treatment, education, and monitoring