J Korean Diabetes.  2016 Mar;17(1):35-40. 10.4093/jkd.2016.17.1.35.

Effective Diabetes Self-Management Education: Focus on Blood Glucose Pattern Management

  • 1Diabetes Education Unit, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. jsmercy@naver.com


Diabetes self-management education (DSME) is defined as the ongoing process of facilitating the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for diabetes self-care. DSME focuses on the seven self-care behaviors of healthful eating, physical activity, monitoring of blood sugar, proper use of medications, problem solving, healthy coping, and reducing the risk of complications. Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) is widely recognized as a core component of effective diabetic self-management. Blood glucose pattern management is a powerful self-management tool to educate, communicate, and bring about change regarding improved glycemic management and has the potential to improve problem-solving and decision-making skills for both patients and clinicians. Pattern analysis is a systematic approach to identifying glycemic patterns within SMBG data and then performing appropriate action based on those results. This paper will review blood glucose pattern management as an effective tool of DSME.


Blood glucose self-monitoring; Diabetes mellitus; Self-management

MeSH Terms

Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring
Blood Glucose*
Diabetes Mellitus
Motor Activity
Problem Solving
Self Care*
Blood Glucose


  • Fig. 1. Smart diabetes logbook. Data from the report of Korea Association of Diabetes Nurse Educators (Maru, 2015) [9] with original copyright holder's permission.



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