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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Penny Powers


diabetes treatment, health care teams


Diabetes mellitus affects millions of individuals in the United States. It is a devastating disease in terms of human suffering, loss of life, and the economy (Levetan & Ratner, 1995). Decreases in HbAlc in the blood are correlated with fewer complications of diabetes (Diabetes Forecast, 1993). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the results of a multidisciplinary treatment team approach to treating diabetes in adults receiving care at a midwest VA Medical Center. Changes in HbAlc and cholesterol levels over an eight week time period were measured.
A retrospective case-control chart review was used to compare a sample of20 subjects receiving the treatment team approach to a matched control group of 20 subjects who received traditional diabetes management. T-tests and Chi-square analyses were used to examine the statistical significance of the results. This study did not show a statistically significant difference in glycemic control in the group receiving the team approach as compared to the control group. However, a trend suggesting improved glycemic control was seen in the data.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Diabetes -- Treatment
Health care teams



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