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Health Journey Support | Your Diabetes Care Team

Your primary care doctor and his or her staff are the main source of support for treating your diabetes. This brochure helps explain what health care professionals may be on your diabetes care team.

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FOR PATIENTS

Your Diabetes Care Team Br

Your Diabetes Care Team

Your primary care doctor and his or her staff are the main source of support for treating your diabetes. But there are other health care professionals (HCPs) who can also help you. It's very important for you to know who these other HCPs are, what they do, and what they offer.

Health care teams that work closely together are very important for patients with chronic diseases like diabetes.

Who May Be Part of the Patient's Diabetes Care Team?

  • Patient with diabetes
  • Your primary care provider and/or endocrinologist
  • Diabetes educator
  • Your doctor's nursing staff
  • Podiatrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Dentist or orthodontist
  • Eye doctor
  • Psychologist or social worker
  • Care manager
  • School nurse, home health nurse, health worker
  • Dietitian

The benefits of diabetes care team include:

  • Help reduce your diabetes risk factors
  • Improve disease management
  • Provide better patient education
  • Improve control of your blood sugar
  • Help you maintain appointments
  • Increase your treatment satisfaction
  • Lower your risk of complications
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Help keep you out of the hospital
  • Lower your health care costs

Your Diabetes Care Team: Roles and Responsibilities

A flexible plan helps make the best use of Diabetes Care Team resources, because each team member has their own responsibilities. For example:

Podiatrists

Treat people with foot-related injuries and conditions. Provide routine foot care examinations. Provide yearly diabetes foot care examinations

Pharmacist

Assist patients who need drug therapy for their diabetes

Nurse educators, diabetes educators, and care managers

Provide patient education, support, and drug management services

Eye care professionals (optometrists and ophthalmologists)

Provide comprehensive eye and vision care for patients

Psychologist/social worker

May be part of a team providing child and adolescent care

Dental professionals

Conduct oral examinations; provide oral health education

Speak up!

No one understands your diabetes better than you do. If you or your caregiver has questions about your treatment, don't wait to speak up.

Your primary care doctor and nursing staff are a great place to start. If they don't have an answer, they can help you speak with the care team member who does.

For additional resources, ask your care manager.

Helpful hint

Always carry a list with your Diabetes Care Team members' contact information, including:

  • Name
  • Specialty (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, etc)
  • Address
  • Telephone number

Make an extra copy to keep at home, or for your caregiver.