What is the Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) Program?
Diabetes Self-Management Training is an evidence-based standard of care program that incorporates the needs and goals of people with diabetes into a personalized plan that has proven to improve health outcomes.
DSMT Patient Journey
Referral made by clinician.
Schedule DSMT initial session (1-1 virtual or in person or group session) with Diabetes Educator.
Up to 10 hrs of education (individual or group) in the first year following the referral. Patients are eligible for up to 2 hrs of follow up education each year, indefinitely.
Who is eligible?
Individuals with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes mellitus patients are eligible to participate in the program. A referral will be made by the treating clinician.
A Real Patient Story With Leon
By Eugene Arnold, M.S., RD/LD/CDE
This episode features Leon, who tells about his experiences as someone who has had diabetes for many years, and about his own diabetes self-management. Leon speaks with Eugene Arnold, a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and the quality coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center’s Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) Program.
For more information, please refer to The Johns Hopkins Patient Guide to Diabetes.
|Eligibility||Has type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes mellitus|
* Prediabetes is not covered
|Service Providers||Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist|
|Care Delivery Method||In-person and telemedicine individual appointments, small group sessions (4-8 people)|
|Curriculum Topics||Disease process, nutrition, physical activity, glucose monitoring, acute and chronic complication management, behavior change counseling|
|Oversight||American Diabetes Association (ADA)|
*Note: People with prediabetes are not eligible and should be referred to our Diabetes Prevention Program
What are the benefits of DSMT?
- Improve hemoglobin A1c levels
- Improve control of blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Improve medication adherence
- Decrease severe diabetes-related complications
- Increase healthier lifestyle behaviors, such as better nutrition, increased physical activity, and use of primary care and preventive services
- Enhance self-efficacy
- Decrease health care costs, including fewer hospital admissions and readmissions
Critical times to enroll in DSMT include:
- At diagnosis
- At least once per year
- When complicating factors arise (physical, financial, emotional)
- When transitions in care occur (new insurance, living situation)
What does DSMT offer?
Program topics covered include:
- Practical and relevant nutrition guidance
- Exercise and Type 1 diabetes
- Weight loss with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
- Medications to help manage Type 2 diabetes
- How to monitor, interpret and manage your glucose levels
- Continuous glucose monitoring services
- Insulin pump education and optimization
- Healthy coping skills
- Preventing and managing diabetes related complications