Toolkit for Implementing the Chronic Care Model in an Academic Environment

ABCs of Diabetes

During planned visits, nurses at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center prepare forms for diabetic patients that provide HbA1c levels, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and reminders about foot and eye exams.

Improving Your Diabetes:
It's As Easy As ABC


A1c—This is your "average sugar" test. It should be less than 7%.

My last A1c was: __________ (date: __________)


Blood pressure—Blood pressure should be lower than 130/80.

My blood pressure today was: __________


Cholesterol—The bad cholesterol (LDL) should be lower than 100.

My last LDL (bad) cholesterol was: __________ (date: __________)


Diabetic foot exam—It is best to have your feet examined often.

Image of the soles of two bare feet, facing in opposite directions Take off your shoes and socks so we can check your feet!


Eye exam

My eyes need to be checked by an eye doctor, at least once a year.

My last diabetes eye exam was: __________


Few extras:

Aspirin—If your doctor thinks it is safe for you, please take a baby aspirin every day.

  • I am on an aspirin every day.
  • My doctor thinks that I should not be on an aspirin.

No Smoking logoIf you smoke, please, stop smoking!

  • I do not smoke.
  • My doctor offered to help me quit smoking.

Image of a syringeBe sure your shots are up to date.

Pneumonia shot is recommended at least once.
Get a Flu shot every year.

  • Pneumonia shot is up to date.
  • Flu shot is up to date.

Self-management goal:

One thing I would like to do this week to improve my health is: _______________________________________________________________

How confident am I that I can do this?

1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10
Not confident            Very Confident

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Page last reviewed December 2014
Page originally created January 2008
Internet Citation: ABCs of Diabetes. Content last reviewed December 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.