National survey of pharmacist certified diabetes educators

Pharmacotherapy. 2002 Dec;22(12):1579-93. doi: 10.1592/phco.22.17.1579.34131.


We sought to determine the demographics of pharmacists who were certified diabetes educators (CDEs) and information about their training, professional affiliations, and types of diabetes education services that they provide. We also queried these pharmacists about clinical activities, reimbursement, impact of certification, and intent to pursue CDE recertification. A list of pharmacists who were CDEs as of August 31, 2000, was obtained from the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. We then sent a six-page anonymous survey to 415 pharmacist CDEs; 233 surveys (56.1%) were returned. Of these respondents, 140 are women and 93 are men, with a mean age of 41.5 years. Most reside in Southern or Western states. Average time since pharmacist licensure was 17 years, and average time as a CDE was 5 years. Most had completed postgraduate training, including residencies and/or fellowships; 52.8% had faculty appointments; 46.7% stated they were billing for their services; and 45.9% were obtaining reimbursement. Most pharmacists (84.4%) stated that they intended to pursue CDE recertification. Providing details about pharmacist CDEs and their clinical activities may motivate other pharmacists to pursue this credential. Pharmacists are often the most accessible of all health care providers, and earning the CDE credential may be an important contribution to diabetes care and education.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation / standards
  • Accreditation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Data Collection / statistics & numerical data*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / prevention & control
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods
  • Patient Education as Topic / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pharmacists / standards
  • Pharmacists / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States