Date of Award

Winter 12-16-2016

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing (ND)



First Advisor

Dr. Karen Johnson, PhD

Second Advisor

Dr. Barbara McClaskey, PhD

Third Advisor

Dr. Pawan Kahol,


The purpose of this Scholarly Project was to explore the need for a Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program in a rural health community in Southeast, Kansas (SEK). Statistics in Crawford County reveal that 10% of the population has been diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) and a rising number of patients that are classified as obese. Without serious interventions many of these patients will develop T2DM. DSME programs provide essential skills and resources for patients to maintain glycemic control and reduce risks associated with this life-long disease. This study utilized data from fifty T2DM patients in the SEK area. Four crucial determinants of the individual T2DM patient’s health were explored: blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and hemoglobin A1C%. The significance of this data was to determine the glycemic control and overall health of the T2DM population in the demographic area. Data was collected and the mean was analyzed for each determinant of health. Data concluded the sample was at a desired level for blood pressure and above the desired level for BMI, LDL cholesterol, and hemoglobin A1C%. The results of this study validated the need for a DSME program that could be utilized by the SEK community. A DSME program in the southeast Kansas area would provide patients with the necessary resources to self-manage their lifelong disease.

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Nursing Commons