Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2017

Authors: American Diabetes Association
Year: 2017
State: NatDoc: National Document
Website link:
Publicly Available: Yes
Certification: CHW role scope of practice
Evidence Generation: Documentation of how CHWs can work within care teams, Evidence-based interventions
Policy: Building partnerships
Sustainable Financing: Expand evidence base, Documentation of how CHWs can work within care teams, Evidence-based interventions
Workforce Development: Chronic Disease, Data sharing between social services and clinical teams, General other (including mention of “employment practices”)

The American Diabetes Association’s (ADA’s) “Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes,” referred to as the “Standards of Care,” is intended to provide clinicians, patients, researchers, payers, and other interested individuals with the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care. The Standards of Care recommendations are not intended to preclude clinical judgment and must be applied in the context of excellent clinical care, with adjustments for individual preferences, comorbidities, and other patient factors. For more detailed information about management of diabetes, please refer to Medical Management of Type 1 Diabetes and Medical Management of Type 2 Diabetes. The recommendations include screening, diagnostic, and therapeutic actions that are known or believed to favorably affect health outcomes of patients with diabetes. Many of these interventions have also been shown to be cost-effective.

The 2017 publication lists engagement of CHWs in diabetes prevention and management as a recommended practice for the first time.  In 2019 the ADA began to offer professional membership to CHWs.

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