Diabetes Education: A Win-Win for Patients and Health Plans
Educating, inspiring, and empowering patients with type 2 diabetes to make healthier lifestyle choices have the potential to improve patient outcomes. Merckís commitment to these efforts includes Journey for Control, a comprehensive program that supports diabetes self-management education.
Health plans can use Journey for Control to add to their disease management programs that involve both members and physicians. This multifaceted resource is designed to give patients information and interactive tools to help them make and adhere to plans for behavior change. The articles and interactive content in this section illustrate some of the positive results that can take place when patients make and maintain healthy changes.
- Education Can Make a Difference provides information on the critical difference better diabetes education can make in a patientís ability to manage his or her condition.
- Improved Disease Management briefly discusses the value of group education and how it can correlate to improved disease control.
- Focus on Costs makes the case for self-management education as a potential way to help reduce the $174 billion in annual medical costs associated with diabetes.