As the number of people with diabetes increases worldwide, there will be an increasing need for diabetes education. New approaches are necessary to ensure the cost-effective provision of this education for each person with diabetes. Diabetes education will be offered by both health-care professionals and non-professionals. New programmes will be developed and non-medical educators will receive training in order to deliver diabetes education. The International Standards for Diabetes Education offer a basis on which to develop courses, while providing criteria against which to measure programme contents.
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