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diabetes-related policy and legislative efforts in order to elevate diabetes on the national agenda.

Guidelines from DAA Members

Some members of the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance (DAA) create and issue guidelines for clinical care of patients with diabetes. These guidelines are important for helping to ensure that patients with diabetes receive quality care based on the best evidence and expert opinion.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics prepares evidence-based Nutrition Practice Guidelines (EBNPG) for a variety of diseases and conditions. The Academy is the primary source of funding for EBNPGs. To date, guidelines have not received industry funding. Government agencies, nonprofit foundations, and professional associations may be considered for funding Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) EBNPGs. Regardless of funding source, the expert workgroup remains in full control of the systematic review and guideline. EBNPGs for diabetes Type 1 & 2, Gestational Diabetes, and the Prevention of Diabetes, which include recommendations, ratings, and links to evidence, are available on the Evidence Analysis Library (EAL). Full access to all of the content of the guidelines is provided to Academy members and subscribers to the EAL.

In addition, the Academy has prepared a Position Paper entitled “Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: the Role of Nutrition in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention,” published July 2013 on the Academy website.”

A position paper is a critical analysis of current facts, data, and research literature. A key feature of the paper is the position statement, which presents the Academy's stance on an issue. The Academy and its members, other professional associations, government agencies, and industry use position papers to shape food choices and impact the public's nutritional status. Position Papers are available to Academy members, health professionals, and the public on the Academy's website at no charge and are published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Medical Guidelines for Clinical Practice are systematically developed statements to assist health care professionals in medical decision making for specific clinical conditions, but are in no way a substitute for a medical professional's independent judgment and should not be considered medical advice. Most of the content herein is based on literature reviews. In areas of uncertainty, professional judgment of the authors was applied.

These guidelines are a working document that reflects the state of the field at the time of publication. Because rapid changes in this area are expected, periodic revisions are inevitable. We encourage medical professionals to use this information in conjunction with, and not a replacement for, their best clinical judgment. The presented recommendations may not be appropriate in all situations. Any decision by practitioners to apply these guidelines must be made in light of local resources and individual patient circumstances.

American Association of Diabetes Educators

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) has developed Practice Documents, which inform and support the practice of diabetes education. They include official documents such as position statements, guidelines for practice, white papers, technical papers, and any other document that articulates the association's views and mission, reflects the current evidence and standards of diabetes care, supports the AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors framework, and provides technical guidance to practitioners.

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association produces a comprehensive set of guidelines and recommendations for the care of patients with diabetes. Called "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2016," this document is updated yearly to reflect the latest peer-reviewed evidence and expert opinion for the care of patients with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

American Medical Association

The AMA works to enhance patient safety in the delivery of care through the encouragement of physician leadership, collaborative efforts, and involvement in safety and quality initiatives. The AMA strives to provide resources that encourage safe, efficient, and effective patient care. Current resources include guidance on medication safety.

American Optometric Association

The American Optometric Association (AOA) released the new Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines – Eye Care of the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus at a Congressional hearing on April 29, 2014. This guideline replaces the document created in 1993 and updated in 2009, and differs in that it is evidence-based versus developed through consensus opinion of experts in eye care. In creating this new guideline, AOA followed Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards for the development of trustworthy evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. This new AOA guideline is available at the National Guideline Clearinghouse (AHRQ). For more information, visit www.aoa.org/EVIDENCE.

Endocrine Society

To address the compelling need for state-of-the-art endocrine Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs), the Endocrine Society has implemented a rigorous and innovative guideline development process. The Society selects topics by examining existing available guidelines and only undertakes development of those subjects for which there are no guidelines or where existing guidelines are either out of date or do not meet the needs of its members. The Society has developed CPGs in diabetes and other endocrine-related diseases and disorders.

National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (NKF KDOQI) ™ has provided evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for all stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and related complications since 1997. Recognized throughout the world for improving the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease, the KDOQI Guidelines have changed the practices of numerous specialties and disciplines and improved the lives of thousands of kidney patients.

All KDOQI Guidelines and Commentaries are published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD), NKF's premier journal. KDOQI has developed and disseminated thirteen guidelines for the care of kidney disease patients, including Clinical Practice Guidelines and Clinical Practice Recommendations for Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease

Pediatric Endocrine Society

Pediatric Endocrine Society (PES) publishes guidelines, consensus statements, and reviews, and provides documents for reference and use by PES members. They represent statements sponsored by PES that the Society either initiated or was actively involved in developing, and include these documents that are specifically related to diabetes:


Guiding Principles from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint effort of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued its "Guiding Principles for the Care of People with or At-Risk for Diabetes" in September 2014.

According to the NDEP Web site: "These Guiding Principles aim to identify and synthesize areas of general agreement among existing guidelines to help guide primary care providers and health care teams to deliver quality care to adults with or at risk for diabetes. No evidence-based guidelines have been developed for this resource."

The following organizations support the use of these Guiding Principles, among them seven members of the DAA. (DAA members noted in bold.)

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Optometric Association
  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Department of Defense
  • Endocrine Society
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Indian Health Service
  • National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians and AANPHI Diabetes Coalition
  • Office of Minority Health
  • The American Geriatrics Society

Updated April 2016