Key Assumptions

  1. Hospitalized patients are ill, under increased stress related to their hospitalization and diagnosis, and in an environment not conducive to learning.

  2. For hospitalized patients, diabetes “survival-skills” education is a feasible approach to provide sufficient information and training to enable safe care at home.

  3. A patient who is hospitalized needs brief, targeted diabetes education and take-home materials to reinforce instruction.

  4. Patient education is the foundation of good nursing practice.

  5. Preparation for discharge needs to begin on the day of admission.

  6. Hospitalization is a time to help patients access comprehensive diabetes education resources in their communities.

  7. Patients should be encouraged to become more activated and confident in diabetes self-care.

  8. All current resources should be used efficiently and appropriately, making best use of staff skills.