Diabetes education modules

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The Diabetes Education Modules (2011) contain more than 800 slides and detailed speaker notes to reflect the objectives contained in the International Curriculum for Health Professionals Education. Health professionals anywhere in the world can adopt this resource to develop diabetes education programmes for other health professionals.

The consistent, evidence-based research and information provided in these materials are designed to help educators gain recognition for their training and assure governments and education organisations that the education programmes they offer are of a high standard.

“As Co-Chairs of DECS and Vice-Presidents of IDF, it is our sincere hope that these educational resources will enable increased numbers of healthcare providers to establish programmes to enhance the knowledge and skills of their colleagues. Only then, backed by sufficiently large numbers of diabetes-aware, skilled health professionals, will we be able to face the demands of the global diabetes epidemic.”

Trisha Dunning and Anne Belton
Chairs of DECS and IDF Vice-Presidents

Overview of Diabetes Education Modules 2011

Section 1 – Self-Management Education consists of two modules that cover the role of the diabetes educator, principles and practical application of teaching and learning and psychosocial issues and counselling for behaviour change.

Section 2 – Diabetes and Lifestyle Intervention consists of six modules the basics of diabetes management; pathophysiology, classification and prevention, the basics of nutrition and physical activity, and an overview of clinical monitoring.

Section 3 – Pharmacotherapy consists of three modules covering blood glucose-lowering medicines, insulin therapy and an overview of complementary therapies.

Section 4 – Glycaemic Excursions consists of two modules devoted to hypoglycaemia, managing sick days, diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglycaemic state.

Section 5 – Diabetes-Related Complications consists of five modules focusing on the long-term complications of diabetes.

Section 6 – Special Situations contains one module on planning for disasters.

Each module contains slides, facilitators’ notes and activities. Activities are used to increase participation during a programme and to allow some practical application of the discussion material.The CD also has a Facilitator’s Guide containing information to assist in planning, implementing and evaluating the programme. It is strongly recommended that the Facilitator’s Guide be reviewed before any programme is undertaken.


The IDF Diabetes Education Modules 2011 are available for download on D-NET, the IDF Diabetes Education Network for Health Professionals. You must register to D-NET to download the modules.