Increasing diabetes self-management education in community settings. A systematic review

Am J Prev Med. 2002 May;22(4 Suppl):39-66. doi: 10.1016/s0749-3797(02)00424-5.


This report presents the results of a systematic review of the effectiveness and economic efficiency of self-management education interventions for people with diabetes and forms the basis for recommendations by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Data on glycemic control provide sufficient evidence that self-management education is effective in community gathering places for adults with type 2 diabetes and in the home for adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Evidence is insufficient to assess the effectiveness of self-management education interventions at the worksite or in summer camps for either type 1 or type 2 diabetes or in the home for type 2 diabetes. Evidence is also insufficient to assess the effectiveness of educating coworkers and school personnel about diabetes.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring
  • Community Health Services
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Self Care*