Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Tracy D. Arnold

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a diabetes education program on self-efficacy and readmission rates of diabetic patients. All participants were recruited based on their current enrollment with one of the largest primary care physician's practices in the Southeastern United States. Qualifying criteria included the diagnosis of being either diabetic type I or II and commitment to attend a five-week diabetes educational workshop. Participants were given the Diabetes Self-Efficacy Survey at the initial start of the diabetes educational program and also at the end of the five-week workshop to evaluate the effectiveness of the diabetes educational program. The results of this study showed a strong, positive correlation between diabetes education and improvements in self-efficacy and readmission rates. This study was limited in its sample size; however, is congruent with the current body of knowledge regarding diabetes education programs.

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