Pathway 1 – Screening: Educate Team Members and Patients about Appropriate Screening Intervals or Implement Clinical Decision Support within Your Record System

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three American adults has prediabetes, but only 10% of them know they have prediabetes. People with prediabetes are on the road to develop type 2 diabetes within several years, and are also at increased risk for serious health problems, such as stroke and heart disease.

The sooner patients find out they have prediabetes and take action, the better their chances are of preventing type 2 diabetes. To stress the importance of making diabetes prevention a priority, you must select one of the following three screening interventions to implement in your practice:


  • Implement standing orders for appropriate screening of patients for prediabetes and diabetes
  • Have a patient education initiative to inform patients about needed screening tests for prediabetes and diabetes
  • Start utilizing a clinical decision support tool within your record to ensure that all appropriate patients are screened for prediabetes and diabetes

Primary Guidelines

American Diabetes Association

For additional information, please view the Clinical Introduction & References.

Resources & Tools

American Diabetes Association (ADA)
  • What Can I Eat program is a train-the-trainer nutrition program that could be easily incorporated into a practice that is already providing DSME. Some programs use it as a precursor to DSME and some use it as a refresher course for folks who have already done DSME.
American Medical Association (AMA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
    A 12-month CDC-recognized, evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes that empowers individuals with prediabetes to take charge of their health and well-being by making real lifestyle changes in nutrition, physical activity, and problem-solving/coping skills.
Ohio Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Health Policy Institute of Ohio
Health Services Advisory Group
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
National Diabetes Education Program
Stanford Medicine
  • Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP)
    A 6-week workshop for people with type 2 diabetes that teaches the skills needed in the day-to-day management of diabetes and how to maintain and/or increase life’s activities.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)


American Heart Association Patient Stories
AMA: Primary Care Best Practice
CDC Patient Stories Patient Stories
Nebraska Medical Center Patient Stories
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention (Ad Council)

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