Diabetes Prevention Program Resources For Pharmacists

Pharmacists are seen as a trusted part of a care team within their local communities. Positioned uniquely in communities with frequent patient encounters, pharmacists can help support patients in preventing type 2 diabetes. Preventive care practices such as vaccinations, smoking cessation, and blood pressure management are already a part of many pharmacy’s program offerings. Knowing how to screen, refer, and enroll patients into a National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), or even offering the program in-house, can add to a pharmacy’s program options for the people they serve.

CDC’s DPP Action Guide for Community Pharmacists.

Pharmacist can be a valuable partner in the efforts to expand and support the National Diabetes Prevention Program; the evidence-based lifestyle change program that is proven to lower a patient’s chance of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%. Members of the pharmacy workforce can help prevent type 2 diabetes by:

  • Raising awareness of prediabetes and the National DPP.
  • Screening, testing for prediabetes, referring and enrolling people in the National DPP.
  • Delivering the National DPP lifestyle change program.