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"Certified Diabetes Educators Help to Expand Smoking Cessation Services" - Regina Schaffer

  • Healio: Endocrinology Today
  • New York, NY
  • (June 14, 2019)

Most perioperative adults with diabetes made an unplanned attempt to quit smoking after enrolling a smoking cessation program led by certified diabetes educators, with more than half reporting reduced smoking after attending the program, according to data presented at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions. Many health systems lack internal smoking cessation programs despite a critical need to personalize smoking cessation support for patients, said Deborah Rosenberg, MS, RD, CDN, a certified diabetes educator at the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Alliance at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and colleagues wrote in a poster. “We started this program by targeting perisurgical smokers, identified and referred to us by their surgeons or nurse practitioners,” she said. Dr. Rosenberg said following the successful pilot program, there are now plans to roll out the program to other physician practices in the Mount Sinai Health System.

— Deborah Rosenberg, MS, RD, CDN, Certified Diabetes Educator, The Diabetes and Cardiovascular Alliance, The Mount Sinai Hospital

— Maria E. Rodriguez, RD, CDN, CDE, Program Director, The Diabetes Alliance, Mount Sinai Health System

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