The knowledge and promotion of exercise to older adults with type 2 diabetes by dietitian diabetes educators

Jason P Stevenson, Florida International University

Abstract

The extent to which Registered Dietitians (RD) promote exercise as part of diabetes self-management education to older diabetic adults has not been established. This study explored the exercise-related knowledge, design, and content of educational programs among RDs who were Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) and non-CDEs. The Exercise Teaching Questionnaire was completed by 94 CDEs and 73 non-CDEs in Florida, California, and Texas. ^ CDEs had significantly (p < 0.001) higher mean Knowledge, Design, and Content scores (11.8 ± 1.1, 33.5 ± 9.4, 26.9 ± 4.8, respectively) than non-CDEs (11.1 ± 1.6, 29.2 ± 11.1, 22.4 ± 7.4, respectively). However, Knowledge means for both CDEs and non-CDEs were above the 85 percentile. Design and content scale responses showed that while dietitians provided basic information about safety and benefits related to exercise, they frequently reported “never” or only “sometimes” making exercise recommendations. ^ Although these results suggest that RDs are knowledgeable about exercise for older adults with Type 2 diabetes, greater importance should be made on training RDs to promote exercise, perhaps with an emphasis on a comprehensive team approach. ^

Subject Area

Gerontology|Health Sciences, Nutrition|Health Sciences, Recreation|Education, Health

Recommended Citation

Jason P Stevenson, "The knowledge and promotion of exercise to older adults with type 2 diabetes by dietitian diabetes educators" (January 1, 2003). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI1419695.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI1419695

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