Researchers and professional educators can play an important role to advance knowledge of diabetes treatment, develop new strategies to prevent its complications, and translate the research into messages that can reach those affected by diabetes and those working in this arena. Further, researchers and professional educators can help ensure that appropriate information is gathered to help inform policy makers. The following are some action items for these groups to consider:
- Continue research on finding a cure and enhanced treatments for diabetes.
- Explore partnerships with communities and other groups to help translate evidencebased practices and evaluation strategies to activities of these groups.
- Investigate the costs of diabetes and provide this information to officials and policy makers at federal, state, tribal, and local levels.
- Identify and address barriers to services that limit access to care for persons with diabetes.
- Continue applied qualitative research into successful treatment protocols and diabetes management strategies; studies into quality of life issues; and exploration of future systems capacity issues.
- Employ community-based research methods to engage the community in research (i.e., needs assessments, clinic site visits, focus groups).