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QCCA
The fakebetes challenge: the patient as educator
QCCA
The fakebetes challenge: the patient as educator
Wasatch Internal Medicine
One of the most difficult topics to teach is the real-life challenges of living with a chronic condition. Healthcare providers and students don’t typically fully understand what it is like to live with... Read more

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One of the most difficult topics to teach is the real-life challenges of living with a chronic condition. Healthcare providers and students don’t typically fully understand what it is like to live with a chronic condition, unless they or someone close to them lives with that chronic condition. This lack of tacit knowledge can translate in patients feeling like their healthcare team doesn’t “get it”, leading to frustration. The concept of living well with a chronic condition cannot always be taught, however, it can be experienced to some degree. This presentation will describe a pilot project, The Fakebetes Challenge, which was developed to utilize the expertise of individuals with diabetes to teach healthcare providers and students about day-to-day diabetes management skills.

Healthcare providers and students who volunteered to participate in the Fakebetes Challenge were paired with individuals living well with diabetes who were actively participating in the Diabetes Online Community. Dyads were encouraged to communicate using a number of technology sources, including email, text message, and social media. The healthcare providers and students were provided with glucose test strips, fake insulin (saline), tools for fake insulin administration (syringes or insulin pump), and rapid glucose. Throughout the challenge the healthcare provider/student would test their own glucose and take fake insulin based on predetermined insulin to carbohydrate ratios, correction factors, and blood glucose targets. Since healthcare provider/student glucose levels were always within normal range, the individual with diabetes would provide glucose values (either text or visual) and symptoms for the healthcare provider/student to act upon. Further, individuals with diabetes helped healthcare providers/students trouble-shoot glucose levels, provide advice about carbohydrate counting, and assist with other scenarios that could impact glucose levels.

All parties found the Fakebetes Challenge to be rewarding. Specifically, healthcare providers/students reported a marked difference between textbook knowledge and critical thinking required for real-life diabetes management. Further, healthcare providers and students reported gaining a better understanding of the psychosocial aspects of living with diabetes and planned to be more engaged with their patients. Individuals with diabetes noted that while the Fakebetes Challenge did not allow for all of the physical and psychological challenges that were experienced day-to-day, they were pleased to see there were healthcare providers who cared enough about their patients to participate in the Fakebetes Challenge. There is value in pairing healthcare providers/students with individuals with chronic conditions where the patient is the educator. The concept of the Fakebetes Challenge could be utilized for other pedagogical approaches.

I am working in a private practice as a family nurse practitioner specializing in diabetes care in adult and geriatric populations. My research examines peer health in the diabetes online community.

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