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Name Location Date Posted Medical Condition
Boardman, Bob RN CDE
It's powerful when people in a group understand all of the struggles that a patient is facing.
It's one thing for me to tell a patient they should consider insulin. It's so much more powerful when several people in a group who understand all the struggles the same patient is facing, explain what a difference insulin has made to them. Also... In our post series evaluation we ask if patients prefer Conversation Maps or a more didactic, lecture based approach. In a year, using the maps weekly at 2 sites, we've had one person prefer lectures.
Washington April 12th, 2010 Diabetes
Veenendall, Christine BSN, RN,CDE
Power of a knowledgeable group
In a group of 8-9 persons, on our last Map, the group had gained great respect for the knowledge and personal choices that one couple had been making to control his diabetes. They all knew he was having a check up just before this last Map. One participant asked how he had come out. The A1c was 7.4%. When asked what had the provider recommended for the next medication choice, the man just replied, "Oh, he said that is good enough." The person who had asked how things had gone replied, "We just learned that is not the goal though!". Others piped in you should go to Dr. x, Dr. a, or Dr. z they would all take better care of you than that! I never had to say a thing about this providers choice- the power of the knowledgeable group did it all.
Wisconsin April 9th, 2010 Diabetes
Leo, Lynn RD,LD,CDE
Patients are excited about learning.
Since we've begun using the maps our classes have taken on a whole new dimension. Classes are never the same twice so it's like a new experience every time we teach. This not only keeps the facilitator/educator excited but this feeling transfers to the patients as well and they are excited about learning.
Georgia March 17th, 2010 Diabetes
Fremin, Jodi Diabetic Educator/R.N.
Easy to use and a good icebreaker.
Love using all of the Maps for facilitating my diabetic classes. So easy to use and it is such an icebreaker for the patients to open up and share their experiences with others.
Louisiana March 6th, 2010 Diabetes
Baker, Janice RD CDE CNSC
I love doing these programs!
I' ve been a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator for well over 20 years and this is one of the most fun programs that I've ever been involved in! The participants connect so quickly and the time flies- everyone always wants more! I love doing these programs!
California March 4th, 2010 Diabetes
Rhoulhac, Jeanna RD, LD/N, CDE
Conversation Maps are a wonderful tools which allow educators to provide meaningful instruction to clients in a useful practical learning environment.

Clients enjoy learning practical information that supports their efforts to "live with diabetes in the real world": Conversation Maps are a wonderful tool which allow educators to provide meaningful instruction to clients in a useful practical learning environment.

Florida October 28th, 2009 Diabetes
Pazder, Nadine RD,LD/N
I love the immediate feedback that comes from using the Maps...

I love the immediate feedback that comes from using the Maps. Once a client "gets" the concept you can see it right away!

Florida October 6th, 2009 Diabetes
Romero, Elsa CHW
They can share experience, adherence to the treatment, nutrition, and physical activity.

The Conversation Map [education tools] marked a before and after in the diabetes health education at Mary's Center. The Hispanic community we serve feel more confortable participating in the health education process, and the fact that is visual and plenty in colors provoke the conversation and at the same time they can share experience, adherence to the treatment, nutrition, and physical activity. Excellent tool.

District Of Columbia September 23rd, 2009 Diabetes
Frazier, Connie RD, CDE
The support that the conversations provided to the group members was tremendous.

I had the pleasure of facilitating 20 minute sessions of myth or fact cards at the Pittsburgh ADA Expo. The participants were engaged and actively involved in the "conversations". The support that the conversations provided to the group members was tremendous. Positive feedback was received from the participants about the benefit of the sessions. The day was an extremely positive experience and a great way to showcase the Conversation Map [education tools] to the public!

Pennsylvania September 13th, 2009 Diabetes
gambrell, kim nurse
Learning environment is easy and fun

My story I have enjoyed the Conversation Map activity with my clients because the Map is combined with bright colors and visual techniques. On the Map which stands out and facilitates learning in the group are the different ethic groups being displayed on the Map, makes the learning environment interesting and fun. It stimulates thinking and interaction between the clients and the educators. These patient friendly tools catches the clients' attention and encourages clients to become active listeners. This promotes them to take better care of themselves and helps to self manage their diabetes.

New York September 9th, 2009 Diabetes