Title of DNP Project
Date of Project Completion
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Sandra Paddock, DNP, APRN, CNP
Jenny A. Prochnow, DNP, MBA, RNC-MNN, NEA-BC, PHN
Objective: To improve self-efficacy in patients with type 2 diabetes and a Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) of 8% (64 mmol/mol) or greater using an innovative education multidisciplinary approach in a group setting.
Research Design and Methods: Out of 248 patients that were contacted with type 2 diabetes, who had a HbA1c of 8% or greater, five patients from a large clinic in the Midwest agreed to participate in group education. The primary outcome of interest was lowering HbA1c levels to increase the number of patients with type 2 diabetes who meet the community standard of care.
Results: Patients who attended a scheduled group education session exhibited a positive response/increased learning to group education although not statistically significant (p = 0.1239).
Conclusions: This research using a Johns Hopkins Model for evaluating group education for patients with type 2 diabetes suggested the multidisciplinary approach with group education would lead to greater self-efficacy, better glycemic control, and improved patient outcomes offering lower costs overall to the patient and/or their family. Additional time is needed to evaluate the effects of the group education as well as further research in general.
Domagala, Rachel, "An Innovative Approach for Type 2 Diabetes Education" (2020). Nursing DNP Projects. 34.