Education Plan for Managing Hypoglycemia in Diabetes Mellitus – Goals of the session

The goals of this education session relate both short-term and long-term aspects of hypoglycemia management. The short-term goals are for the patient to demonstrate understanding of the risk posed by hypoglycemia to effective management of ones Diabetic condition and exemplify self-care measures to avert or deal with the risk once it arises (Bonds et al., 2007). Such understanding will involve assessment of various factors relevant to management of diabetes and averting the risk of hypoglycemia. First the patient’s previous diabetes monitoring and management practices (where applicable) will be evaluated through anonymyzed questionnaires. Through this assessment, the study will seek to correct any misconceptions that may be inherent about blood   glucose levels (Boyle & Zrebiec, 2007a).  Secondly, the session will assess the patient’s current knowledge of ones disease condition and the risk of hypoglycemia posed by various aspects in ones life (e.g. forgetting meals, or inadequate meals, and aggressive physical activity). Thirdly, the session will include an assessment of the patient’s ability to comprehend instructions e.g. are there any language barriers that could affect effective communication during the session or is the patient in a disabling mental or emotional state that could reduce the capacity to understand instructions. The Final aspect the session will assess is whether the patient’s physical attributes could hinder effective performance of self-care procedures.

The long-term goal of the training session is to equip patients with skills to manage hypoglycemia in order to improve their quality of life and social integration in the society.  Such do not only include bettering patients’ physiological outcomes but also preparing families for effective management of hypoglycemia-related psychological and socio-cultural outcomes. The relevant aspects in long-term management would relate to ability of patients to recognize symptoms and improve decision-making processes, and the capacity of families to support patients to integrate well with the society (Boyle & Zrebiec, 2007a).  Assessment of this aspect would be through follow-up sessions to identify the application of skills learnt during the session in improving risk factor surveillance. Success in this aspect would be reduced cases of severe hypoglycemic episodes and improved social integration of the patients into the society. Go to part 4 here.

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