The following change project was developed specifically for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This disease is highly prevalent in the Unites States, and it is believed to be so due to lack of proper education. When educating the patient with diabetes, preferred language, health literacy levels, and patient input should all be considered.

In the outpatient setting, patients with type 2 diabetes will have a simple health literacy evaluation to determine what type of tailored diabetic education they will learn best from. This education will be implemented at the initial patient appointment by the healthcare provider and a hemoglobin A1C level will be drawn. Nursing staff will enforce this education at follow-up visits and the healthcare provider will assess the patient’s health logs and food diary.

At the final appointment, an ending hemoglobin A1C level will be drawn. All of the data will then be evaluated for effectiveness of the tailored education. With proper participation from the involved stakeholders, this project could be successful by seeing improved outcomes and quality of life in this particular patient population.

Date of publication

Summer 8-5-2020

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project (Local Access)



Persistent identifier



Masters of Science in Nursing