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Course Description

Course Number 20-688636

     Communicating with adolescents can often be challenging, particularly when it pertains to matters of health. Effective communication is essential with for any patient, however it is particularly essential for the high-risk patient population of adolescents living with type 1 diabetes. Focusing on the role of the healthcare professional, common barriers to effective communication are identified and addressed, along with essential factors to improve communication, time management strategies, use of technology in communication, heath numeracy, provider burnout and implications for practice.

  • Course Category | Endocrinology

  • Original Activity Release Date | 10/30/2018

  • Date of Most Recent Review | 10/28/2021

  • Next Review / Activity Termination Date | 10/27/2024

Educational Goals & Learning Outcomes

     The goal of this course is to provide healthcare professionals with knowledge of useful strategies for facilitating communication with the high-risk patient population of adolescents living with type 1 diabetes. Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the physiological and psychosocial changes that occur during adolescence

  • Demonstrate the importance and function of communication

  • Apply essential factors to improve communication

  • Evaluate time management in the era of the EMR

  • Employ technology as a communication tool

  • Appraise and manage different levels of health numeracy

  • Assess how provider burnout can contribute to poor communication

  • Evaluate implications for practice

About the Course Author(s)

Niral J. Patel, Karishma A. Datye, and Sarah S. Jaser

Niral J. Patel, MPH is a research analyst at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, in Nashville, TN. She received her Masters Degree in Public Health from Saint Louis University, School of Public Health, in Saint Louis, MO. To view Niral J. Patel's full bio click here.

Dr. Karishma A. Datye, M.S.C.I., M.D. is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics - Pediatric Endocrinology, at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She received her Medical Degree from Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine in Nashville, TN, where she also completed her pediatric residency as well as her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology. She received her M.S.C.I. degree from Vanderbilt. To view Dr. Datye's full bio click here.

Dr. Sarah S. Jaser, Ph.D. is associated with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as an Associate Professor. Her areas of expertise include pediatric diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism particularly; diabetes mellitus; type 1, type 2, MODY, CF-related DM and neonatal diabetes. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN in 2006, a M.S. in Clinical Psychology, also from Vanderbilt, and a B.S in Psychology from Yale University in New Haven, CT. To view Dr. Jaser's full bio click here.

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