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Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program

The Diabetes Self Management Education and Support (DSME/S) Program is an outpatient program designed for adults, children, and seniors with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.

Overview

Support and Education

When you have diabetes, life can be difficult. When patients are faced with diabetes, managing medications, blood glucose testing, and maintaining a good diet can be a formidable challenge without the proper support. The Diabetes Self Management Education and Support program at Massachusetts General Hospital can provide a framework for patients and their families to learn to live well with diabetes. 

We offer an education and support program designed for adults who want to learn more about managing their diabetes.

Referrals

Referrals are necessary to enroll in a program and must be conducted by your primary care physician.

Once the referral form is signed, you can mail/fax or give it to the diabetes educator who will be working with you on diabetes education.

Classes and Costs

Programs are covered by most insurance groups including Medicare. Please confirm with your insurance provider to verify your benefits before scheduling an appointment.

Click here for a map of all DSME practice locations

 

Local Resources Online Resources

   Main Campus  

DSME/S at Mass General Bulfinch Medical Group

DSME/S at Mass General Internal Medicine Associates

DSME/S at Mass General Diabetes Center

DSME/S at Mass General Hospital for Children

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Health Centers

DSME/S at Charlestown HealthCare Center

DSME/S at Chelsea Health Center

DSME/S at Revere Health Center

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About this Program

Each participating Massachusetts General Hospital practice offers a complete program for patients with Type 1 and 2 diabetes.

Patients and families will learn more about:

  • The causes of diabetes
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Medications
  • Monitoring
  • Preventing short- and long-term complications
  • Goal setting
  • Psychological adjustment to living with diabetes

Our patients that participate in education and support programs have been able to achieve and maintain many successful outcomes. Patients are able to lower their HbA1c results, achieve desirable cholesterol levels, lose weight, begin exercise routines and many more positive results.

You can help us better serve you by filling out this confidential survey about your Diabetes self-management practice.

Map of DSME Locations

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Conditions & Diseases

The care team at the Diabetes Clinical Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about strategies to manage diabetes and related conditions and diseases. The links below provide more information about the conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.

  • Diabetes

    Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including the following: insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), juvenile diabetes, brittle diabetes, or sugar diabetes.

  • Diabetic Foot Problems

    The nerves of the feet are often affected by neuropathy or blood vessel diseases. When a diabetes patient loses sensation in the feet, sores or injuries may go unnoticed until ulcers develop.

  • Diabetic Nephropathy (Kidney Disease)

    Nephropathy is the deterioration of the kidneys. The final stage of nephropathy is called end-stage renal disease, or ESRD.

  • Diabetic Neuropathy (Nerve Problems)

    Diabetic neuropathy, a nerve disorder, is a complication of diabetes that can lead to problems throughout the body.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Eye Problems

    Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that may occur in persons with diabetes as a complication.

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

    Polycystic ovarian syndrome involves two of the following: lack of ovulation for an extended period of time, high levels of male hormones or small ovarian cysts.

  • Type 1 Diabetes

    Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including the following: insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), juvenile diabetes, brittle diabetes, and sugar diabetes.

  • Type 2 Diabetes

    Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to make enough, or to properly use, insulin.

Patient Education

  • Diabetes Self-Management Education

    The care team at the Diabetes Clinical Center encourages all patients and family members to participate in programs to improve management of their condition. The links below provide more information about support groups that might be treated within this program.

Clinical Trials

Video

  • Risk factors for heart disease

    Risk factors for heart disease

    Risk factors for heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, family history of heart disease and high cholesterol. Learn what you can do to overcome your risk for heart disease.

  • Charlestown DSME Cooking Demonstration

    Charlestown DSME Cooking Demonstration

    Preparing healthy, flavorful meals doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming. Anne, a nutritionist with the DSME program in Charlestown, demonstrates how to make a quick and easy pasta dish.

  • Chelsea DSME Dance Video

    Ready Set Dance

    Think exercise has to be boring? One of our Diabetes support groups in Chelsea demonstrates how fun and easy exercise can be. (This video is provided for reference and educational purposes only. Always consult with a qualified and licensed physician prior to beginning any exercise program.)

Contact

Contact Us

Diabetes Self Management and Education Programs Administrative Office

various locations

Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Handicapped Accessible

Hours

  • 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, some programs run after business hours

Diabetes Self Management and Education Programs occur at the following outpatient practices. For more information, contact the individual practices below.

Main Campus

DSME/S at Mass General Bulfinch Medical Group
Email the Bulfinch DSME/S Program

DSME/S at Mass General Internal Medicine Associates
Email the Internal Medicine Associates DSME/S Program

DSME/S at Mass General Diabetes Associates
Email the Diabetes Center DSME/S Program

Health Centers

DSME/S at Charlestown HealthCare Center
Email the Charlestown DSME/S Program

DSME/S at Chelsea HealthCare Center
Email the Chelsea DSME/S Program

DSME/S at Revere Health Center
E
mail the Revere DSME/S Program

Main Campus - Children and Seniors

DSME/S at Mass General Pediatric Diabetes Center 
Email the Pediatric (children's) DSME/S Program

Program Management Office

If you have additional questions, please contact the Diabetes Program Manager, Jen Searl, at 617-726-1897 or jsearl@partners.org

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