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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
MATSUMOTO, Pamela Miwa et al. Health education in the care to clients of the blood Glucose Self-Monitoring Program. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.3, pp.761-765. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342012000300031.
This article reports, in a systemized and analytical way, the experience of an Outreach Program in the period between 2010 and 2011. The study focused on health education interventions as strategies to improve the adherence of individuals with insulin- dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), clients of a blood glucose self-Monitoring program. In addition, we intended to contribute to the reorganization of the program's working processes in the unit. Health education strategies were used in both educational groups and home visits, thus permitting the provision of care that was more individualized. Data regarding the clients were organized on a spreadsheet and in files for the Family Health teams, which made it easier to identify the patients, including those who were absent, helping to decentralize the care. By using health education strategies, we intended to contribute to a more comprehensive and emancipatory care of the clients, aimed at a continuous reflection of the workers regarding their practices.
Keywords : Diabetes mellitus; Health education; Family Health Program; Primary Health Care; Community health nursing.