Current Diabetes Reports

, 19:103 | Cite as

Inpatient Diabetes Education in the Real World: an Overview of Guidelines and Delivery Models

  • Carine M. NassarEmail author
  • Alex Montero
  • Michelle F. Magee
Hospital Management of Diabetes (A Wallia and JJ Seley, Section Editors)
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  1. Topical Collection on Hospital Management of Diabetes


Purpose of Review

Diabetes self-management education and support improves diabetes-related outcomes, yet less than 50% of persons with diabetes in the USA receive this service. Hospital admissions present a critical opportunity for providing diabetes education. This article presents an overview of the current state of inpatient diabetes education. It incorporates a summary of existing guidance relative to content followed by an overarching discussion of existing inpatient diabetes education models and their reported outcomes, when available.

Recent Findings

As diabetes rates continue to soar and adults with diabetes continue to have high hospitalization and readmission rates, hospitals face challenges in assessing and meeting diabetes patients’ educational needs. The consensus recommendation for inpatient diabetes teaching is to provide survival skills education to enable safe self-management following discharge until more comprehensive outpatient education can be provided. Established and emerging models for delivery of diabetes survival skills education in the hospital may be broadly grouped as diabetes-specialty care models, diabetes non-specialty care models, and technology-supported diabetes education. These models are often shaped by the availability of diabetes specialists, including endocrinologists and diabetes educators—or lack thereof, and staffing resources for provision of services. Recent studies suggest that all three approaches can be deployed successfully if well planned.


This article presents an overview of the current state of inpatient diabetes education. It incorporates a summary of existing guidance relative to content followed by an overarching discussion of existing inpatient diabetes education models and their reported outcomes, when available. The authors seek to make the reader aware of the heterogeneous approaches that are being implemented nationwide for inpatient diabetes education delivery. Meeting inpatient diabetes educational needs will require a sustained effort, diverse strategies based on resources available, and additional research to explore the impact of these strategies on outcomes.


Inpatient Diabetes Education 


Funding Information

Michelle F. Magee reports grants from NIH-NIDDK (R34-DK 109503).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Carine M. Nassar reports other funding from Mytonomy Inc. and Lilly, and institutional support from MedStar Health.

Alex Montero declares no conflict of interest.

Michelle F. Magee reports grants from Mytonomy Inc. and Lilly, speaking fees from the American Diabetes Association, Pri-Med, and Endocrine Society; and institutional support from MedStar Health.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carine M. Nassar
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Alex Montero
    • 2
    • 3
  • Michelle F. Magee
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.MedStar Health Research InstituteHyattsvilleUSA
  2. 2.MedStar Diabetes InstituteWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Georgetown University School of MedicineWashingtonUSA

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