The diabetes educator serves a pivotal role in the management of people with diabetes. The role is multidimensional, with boundaries for accountability that interface with both other members of the healthcare team, and internal and external customers (10). The general scope of practice of a diabetes educator (Table 1) has changing dimensions because of the multidisciplinary nature of the healthcare professionals who provide this service and the changing healthcare delivery system. Each professional who practices as a diabetes educator brings a unique focus to the educational process. This phenomenon can have significant impact on the scope of practice for an individual educator, and is appropriate within the boundaries of each professional discipline. Diabetes educators are of diverse nature and bring varied skill-sets to the healthcare system. They frequently assume extended and complementary roles, such as in program, case or clinical management; as healthcare consultants; in public and professional education, or public health and wellness promotion; as well as researching diabetes management and education. The educator has a vital supportive role in the multidisciplinary team.
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