Diabetes Care Standards

Objective of Section

This section shares resources that provide evidence-based guidelines to support and improve care for people with diabetes.

Key Concepts

  1. Diabetes care is complex and requires that many issues be addressed beyond blood glucose management.
  2. Diabetes care should consider individual preferences, comorbidities, and other patient factors that may require modification of goals and targets to meet the needs of the individual with diabetes.
  3. Many evidence-based guidelines for diabetes care exist and are promoted by several organizations.

Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or At Risk for Diabetes

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) maintains a set of clinically useful principles that highlight areas of agreement in diabetes management and prevention. This resource, the Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or At Risk for Diabetes, provides health care professionals a set of 10 guiding principles that highlight areas of agreement for diabetes care. More than a dozen federal agencies and professional organizations support this document.

Organizational Practice Guidelines

The goal of any set of guidelines is to improve patient outcomes. A part of quality improvement or pay-for-performance measures may include collection of data from health care practices to document the achievement of these goals.

A variety of organizations provide recommendations to assist with the screening, prevention, and management of diabetes. Recommendations can be based on a systematic review of the literature, review of existing guidelines, or best practice advice.

Below is a list of organizations and the diabetes practice guidelines they provide: