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Professional Competencies for Diabetes Technology Use in a Care Setting

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Diabetes tech competencies essential for all levels of the care & support teams

Authors: Shivajirao P. Patil, MD, MPH, BC-ADM , Anastasia Albanese-O’Neill, PhD, APRN, CDCES , Kirsten Yehl, MS, MLIS , Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP, MPH,MSN, GNP, BC-ADM, CDCES, CDTC , and Allyson S. Hughes, PhD

September 2022

Overview of the Diabetes Technology Competencies Article

Diabetes technology requires HCPs to stay current with treatment goals and practice guidelines. The complexities of caring for people with diabetes (PWD) who utilize diabetes technology is best accomplished in collaboration with the multiple members of the care team and support staff to cover all aspects of technology including prior authorizations, onboarding PWD, downloading and interpreting data and supporting ongoing utilization.

A recent publication, developed with support from ADCES, introduces a comprehensive set of role-based competencies for HCPs, DCESs and staff for the selection, implementation and sustainability of diabetes technology when providing diabetes care, education and support. 

For guidance on leveraging all members of the care team and support staff to deliver comprehensive diabetes management and support to PWD utilizing diabetes technology in their self-care regimen, make sure to download and read the full paper, The Professional Competencies for Diabetes Technology Use in the Care Setting.

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Purpose: The integration of diabetes technology into diabetes care and self-management is evolving so rapidly that providing sufficient support has become an obstacle for many health care professionals (HCPs) in practice. Diabetes technology requires HCPs to stay current with treatment goals and practice guidelines. Diabetes care and education specialists (DCESs) are well positioned to take on this challenge by seizing opportunities to apply their skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to a technology-enabled practice environment. Diabetes technology includes devices, hardware and software utilized to manage all aspects of diabetes care, including lifestyle management, glucose monitoring and insulin delivery.

The purpose of this article is to introduce a comprehensive set of role-based competencies for HCPs, DCESs and staff for the selection, implementation and sustainability of diabetes technology when providing diabetes care, education and support. The role-based competencies described in this article are intended to support the initiation, continuation and optimal use of diabetes technology in practice through ongoing education and guidance of care team members.

Conclusion: This article describes the diabetes technology competencies essential for all levels of the care team and support staff in various care settings to deliver comprehensive diabetes management and support to people with diabetes utilizing diabetes technology in their self-care regimen.

Domains of Diabetes Competencies

Based on the findings of the Delphi study,12 seven domains of diabetes technology competencies for diabetes care and education specialists were proposed. These seven domains are organized in an intentional sequence to facilitate natural flow from device and data knowledge to special situations such as schools and camps. Within each domain, the competencies are organized by four practice levels: Basic, Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced.

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