Overly, the goal of the teaching plan on a diabetic patient is to ensure that the glucose level of the patient is at the manageable level; patient does not suffer from any complications that my result from diabetes, the patient has adequate information about the diabetes and the patient is emotionally stable (Louise Diehl, 2015). A patient who has just being diagnosed with diabetes, the news can be overwhelming and have negative emotional effects on the patient due to life transformation the patient has to undergo in order to live a healthy life. Additionally, the patient has to adopt a complex lifestyle characterizes by nutritious food and frequent physical exercise/activities to keep fit. A patient needs to learn how to monitor glucose level in the blood, plan for nutritious food, maintain good hygiene, management of medication and insulin, skin care, engage in physical exercise without straining the body and knowledge of other disease associated with the diabetes. Therefore, for a patient to have a quality life and improve their general wellbeing they need to be educated on what is diabetes, the changes he/she needs to adopt, administering of medications and how to manage the disease in general.
The teaching plan has to be continuous process from the time the patient was diagnosed with the disease onwards. The literacy level of the patient will determine the mode and teaching materials which will be used by the practitioners to educate the patient. The teaching materials will range from videos, audio recording, PowerPoint presentations, groups discussion, follow up, workshops, diagrams, demonstrations, lecture notes, books, charts, face to face discussions and brochures (The American Association of Diabetes Educators, 2011). Through the various teaching methods and materials which are convenient for both patient and the health practitioner, the patient has to learn how to monitor glucose or test blood, administer insulin and other medications, which physical exercise to participate in, the diet to take, foot and skin care and how to live a normal life with the disease. The outcomes expected (after the patient has received information from the health practitioner and transforming the information into a daily routine) are weight loss, improvement in metabolic control and general quality of life (American Diabetes Association, 2015).
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