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Introduction

The purpose of this activity is to allow learners an opportunity to step into the role of an individual recently diagnosed with diabetes. Students will be provided with a new glucometer and testing supplies with the expectation to test their blood glucose daily for the next week. Learners will participate in a debriefing the following week on perception of this process.

Learning Objectives
  1. Discuss implications of a diabetes diagnosis.

  2. Demonstrate how to properly use a glucometer.

  3. Identify barriers to successfully obtaining a blood draw for glucose measurement.

  4. Discuss strategies to minimize patient burden for obtaining blood draws.

  5. Recognize situations where patients may lack education and/or understanding to follow device training directions.

  6. Identify questions to determine if a patient is able to successfully utilize testing devices.

  7. Discuss strategies to incorporate empathy and understanding into patient education and counseling.

Suggested Resources
  • Allinson M, Chaar B. How to demonstrate empathy and compassion in a pharmacy setting. The Pharmaceutical Journal. 2019;302(7924). doi:10.1211/PJ.2019.20206124

  • Cipolle RJ, Strand LM, Morley PC. Acquiring and applying the knowledge and clinical skills required to manage drug therapy. In: Cipolle RJ, ed. Pharmaceutical Care Practice. 3rd ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Company; 2012:chap 10.

  • Ellis AW, Davis C, Brown M, Sherman JJ. Diabetes. In: Ellis AW, ed. Community and Clinical Pharmacy Services: a Step-by-Step Approach. 1st ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Company; 2013:chap 11.

  • Sherman JJ. Counseling and Motivational Interviewing. In: Ellis AW, ed. Community and Clinical Pharmacy Services: a Step-by-Step Approach. 1st ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Company; 2013:chap 3.

  • Triplitt CL, Repas T, Alvarez C. Diabetes mellitus. In: Dipiro JT, ed. Pharmacotherapy A Pathophysiologic Approach. 10th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Company; 2017:chap 74.

Assignment Instructions

You will be given the following supplies: a glucometer with the package insert (1), lancing devices (10), and test strips (10). Please plan to test your blood glucose once daily and record it on the Blood Glucose Log, which will be checked during the in-class activity. Please bring both the Blood Glucose Log and glucometer to your scheduled class time. You are free to use any resources including textbooks and online resources to determine how to use the glucometer. Extra testing supplies will not be provided as your insurance/tuition does not cover the cost.

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