Patient Education

Important information:

Patient education is very important to make them self-sufficient in managing themselves and the clinical condition. It increases following of the medication and treatments. At KEM Diabetes Unit, we have people specially dedicated for this one outlook. The patient education here varies according to the requirement of the patient. This is where the counsellors impart information to patients about their own health condition, and how to tackle it. It aims to help patients in improving their own health by changing their lifestyle.In all, the aim is to help the patient in taking care of themselves such as to help the hospital in turn in taking care of them.Re-hospitalization should be avoided at all costs. That improves the overall working of the hospital.
The level of literacyof the patients, language difference between the patient and the educator, difference in cultures of the two, etc. are common hurdles faced in the process. Taking view of the overall needs of the patient, about how to learn the information about their own disease, is important before planning and implementation of an educational plan.

To achieve optimal results:

Some of the things we do to advance patient education include:
• Focusedand efficient hospital staff is responsible for patient education.
• First, we try to find out what the patient already knows and correctany misinformation.
• We start educating the patientsright from admission.
• The information given is simple and easy to understandkeeping in mind the patient’s limitations and strengths.
• Before the next session, we evaluate what is already understood from the last session.
• Visual aids are used wherever requireddepending on the patient’s learning style. This also increases the patients’ interest.
• We encourage interactions between the patients and their families, as well as other patients.
• This helps the patients understand how, why, and what medicines to take.
• It also makes the patients understand and report any unusual symptoms arising in time that need immediate attention.
• We try to implement the latest technology available.


For Type 2
• Daily Patient Education Lectures (10.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.)
• Individual Patient counselling. (Regarding Diabetes management.)
• Individual Diet counselling.
• Individual counselling for Home Monitoring of Blood Sugar Level.
• Education, Motivation to patients for self-insulin injection.


• Individual Diet counselling.(once in a month—first Friday)
• Individual counselling for Home Monitoring of Blood Sugar Level.
• Whatsapp consultation for dose management
• Special Club GDM activity-----Education,counselling, interactive session for women with diabetes in pregnancy
• Post-delivery counselling

Patient education for Type 1 Diabetes:

• Managing diabetes as per families’ lifestyle
• Teach to interpret blood glucose levels & take appropriate action
• Training to recognise, manage low blood glucose (Hypo) and how to avoid it.
• Make patients aware about DM complications & advise for routine check-up for early detection
• nutritional counselling as per individual needs
• Management during school
• Management during travel
• Management during sick days
• Conduct patient education programs, competitions, camps for newly diagnosed children, parent meetings, get-togethers & run support groups
• Offer insulin, Glucometers with stripes & other medical help at concessional rates & raise funds for needy patients
• Provide Educational guidance, Vocational training guidance Marriage counselling, pre- pregnancy counselling to type 1 diabetes patients
• Equipped with Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS)
• Guide patients who are on insulin pump
• Social Media Activity (Facebook, WhatsApp group) Forming T1D community to inculcate positive approach to T1D management.
• Forming rapport with T1D patients & their family for improving not only glycemic control but also help them to lead happy social life

Consultants / Staff involved

• Mrs. Vidya Gokhale
• Mrs. Swati Alekar
• Dr. NeelimaThuse
• Dr. Tejas Limaye