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Diabetes Patient "Report Card" Wins Best Practices Award at the Diabetes Best Practices Website
Date:3/24/2009

A "report card" issued to diabetes patients was selected as the best entry in a contest at an interactive website for clinicians working in the field of diabetes patient care.

Somerville, NJ (PRWEB) March 24, 2009 -- Getting patients to make the lifestyle changes necessary in managing diabetes is a challenge for clinicians, but Dr. Andrew W. Garner of Glens Falls, NewYork seems to have come up with a good idea to motivate his patients: a "report card" evaluating how well patients reach exercise, cholesterol, weight loss, and Glycosylated Hemoglobin targets.

Dr. Garner's submission of his "report card" method to the Diabetes Best Practices Website was selected the best entry in the "Best Practices" contest by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), who is the academic partner on the website.

"Patients need to understand that exercise and weight loss can make an important contribution in achieving glycemic control," explained Dr. Garner who has designed a patient report card in which weight loss and exercising goals are set up for the patients.

The report cards have been popular with the patients and clinicians alike. Dr. Garner emphasized that "patients can be motivated to do their part in managing the treatment of their illness in part by exercising and losing weight, by setting realistic goals and by consistent encouragement."

The card shows lab results for each particular patient and goals based on clinical guidelines are also included for review with the patient. Finally, an evaluation of the patient's progress in achieving the goal is reported as a "grade."

In addition to weight loss and exercise targets the report card also di
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