Group Education in Diabetes: Effectiveness and Implementation

  1. Carolé R. Mensing, RN, MA, CDE and
  2. Susan L. Norris, MD, MPH


    In Brief

    Groups offer a forum for people with diabetes to gather and learn together. Group attendees and educators have an opportunity to use creative approaches to learning. This article defines groups, discusses related constructs, reviews effectiveness research and some of its unanswered questions, describes implementation challenges, and offers skill-building suggestions to educators who use groups as a part of an educational practice.


    • Carolé R. Mensing, RN, MA, CDE, is the Diabetes Education Program Coordinator and a clinical nurse specialist at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn. Susan L. Norris, MD, MPH, is a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Diabetes Translation in Atlanta, Ga.

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