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Two Days With Diabetes

Experiential Education for Dietetics Students Promotes Understanding of Diabetes Management Challenges

Gaba, Ann EdD, RD, CDN, CDE; Wong, Sally S. PhD, RD, CDN; Ghatak, Ronita PhD

doi: 10.1097/TIN.0000000000000063
Education of Dietitians

This study examined the impact of an experiential learning project for dietetics students on attitudes toward diabetes management. A questionnaire was used to compare attitudes before and after the project. This questionnaire was also given to a control class. Pre- and postsurvey results diverged between the 2 groups. To further examine the impact of the experimental team, a content analysis was done on journals submitted by the students for the experiential project. The barriers to following the planned diabetes management regimen that emerged from the content analysis were similar to issues reported in the literature from people with diabetes.

City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, New York (Dr Gaba); Hunter College Program in Nutrition and Food Sciences, New York (Drs Wong and Ghatak).

Correspondence: Ann Gaba, EdD, RD, CDN, CDE, City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, 55 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027 (

Glucose meters, test strips, and lancets were donated by Bayer. Lotion samples were provided by Eucerin. All other necessary supplies were purchased by the first author.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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