This quality improvement project evaluated the effectiveness of a monthly diabetes self-management education intervention on HbA1C and knowledge levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. A retrospective analysis evaluating 51 patients found no significant improvement in HbA1C levels; however, there was a significant improvement in knowledge levels. Race was an influential factor on HbA1C levels showing a significant elevation in mean HbA1C in African Americans, while there was a decrease in mean HbA1c in Caucasians over the 6-month evaluation period.
RSI Medical, PC Wendell (Drs Harris and Intini and Mr Smith) and Duke University School of Nursing, Durham (Drs Silva and Vorderstrasse), North Carolina.
Correspondence: Tara Harris, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, RSI Medical, PC, 1465 Huntdell Main Dr, Wendell, NC 27591 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Accepted for publication: August 26, 2013.
Published online before print: October 10, 2013