Statement of Need
Based upon a review of the literature, clinicians need an updated, evidence-based, comprehensive guide to caring for patients with, and at risk for developing, type 2 diabetes mellitus. This includes prevention, screening, diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions for diabetes, along with an understanding of the psychosocial impact of diabetes. "Signposts and Pathways: Multidimensional Care for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes" is designed to provide healthcare providers with the most current information on diabetes.
The case studies are designed to apply this information in a clinically relevant and interactive format.
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Diagnose prediabetes and diabetes
  • Identify patients at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and discuss evidence-based methods to prevent diabetes
  • Recognize the emotional burdens and psychological complications of type 2 diabetes, including depression
  • Recognize and treat hypoglycemia
  • Describe the effects of exercise on carbohydrate metabolism
  • Discuss the initiation of insulin therapy in a patient with severe hyperglycemia
  • Develop an appropriate care plan that emphasizes lifestyle therapy (diet and exercise) and includes the current FDA-approved medications for type 2 diabetes
Target Audience
These case studies are intended for healthcare professionals who are involved in the primary care of patients with, and at risk for developing, type 2 diabetes mellitus. This may include family physicians, general internists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
Term of Offering
The case studies are no longer available for CME credit.
Commercial Support Statement
This CME activity is supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.
Disclaimer
The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition.

Jointly sponsored by the Duke University School of Medicine and
Jespersen & Associates, LLC. This CME activity is supported
by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.