Student Pharmacists Develop and Implement a Virtual Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes Education Program

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2021-02-13
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Luna, Brittany
Quach, Henry
Okamoto, Kimo
Carlisle, Robert
Masuda, Camlyn
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Due to the recommendations for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in person office visits were cancelled or transitioned to telehealth services to patients without urgent medical issues and all healthcare students had limited opportunities for direct patient care. To improve access to care for patients with diabetes (DM) and pre-diabetes (pre-DM) and to increase opportunities for direct patient care, the pharmacy students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP) created a Diabetes Education Webinar (DEW) It program to provide free virtual diabetes education classes. The program consisted of four weekly 30-minute classes offered to patients with DM or pre-DM and their family/friends using a virtual platform called Zoom. In collaboration with the University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi -Family Medicine Clinic, patients were also offered individual appointments with a family medicine resident prior to or immediately after the class to develop individual care plans for managing their diabetes. The topic of the classes included: 1) Overview of diabetes, 2) Managing diet, 3) The importance of and examples of different exercises, 4) Medications and adherence techniques. The program was held twice from Oct-Dec 2020 to allow participants flexibility in attending different classes. The class content was created and presented by different student pharmacists completing their advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotations. A clinical pharmacist, Dr. Camlyn Masuda, reviewed the content of and supervised each class. Advertising of the DEW IT program consisted of electronic messages and letters to patients with DM or pre-DM. As an incentive to attend, participants who attended all four classes in the program were eligible for a certificate of completion and a free pillbox.
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Diabetes, Telehealth, Patient education
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