Date of Award

Summer 2022

Document Type

Final DNP Paper

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Department

Nursing

Faculty Chair

Dr. Lori McGrath

Abstract

Background: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) can lead to multiple health problems if not treated properly. Research has shown that if T2DM patients have proper education and continued follow-up care from their health care provider, their prognoses are better. The problem is many health care providers (HCP) lack knowledge in educating patients about T2DM.

Purpose: This study aimed to assess HCPs’ knowledge of evidence-based practice measures to educate patients diagnosed with T2DM and provide education via an educational website.

Methods: This quality improvement project consisted of a comprehensive educational website offered to HCPs to increase their knowledge base on educating T2DM patients.

Results: With a p-value of <0.04, a significant difference was noted in the data in the performance of HCPs before the educational quality improvement (M=18.67, SD=1.15) as compared to after (M=20.33, SD=.58); t (2) = -5.00.

Conclusion: T2DM can be a deadly disease; however, the patient can live a healthier life with thorough education and treatment. This educational program is needed to increase the HCPs' knowledge base in the care of T2DM.

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