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ASHP Introduces Diabetes Module to Ambulatory Care Clinical Skills Program

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has added a new module to its popular Ambulatory Care Clinical Skills Program. The Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Management Module uses a variety of self-study activities and is designed specifically for pharmacy practitioners, residents, and students providing care for patients with this disease.

This program was designed to help pharmacists develop the problem-solving skills necessary to treat patients with diabetes. It will help practitioners determine what background information they need and how to collect the information to design and manage a patient care plan. In addition, the materials explore the physical and emotional characteristics of type 2 diabetes patients and provide techniques that can be used to empower patients to conduct appropriate self-care. 

"ASHP members have clearly indicated a need for resources to help them strengthen their clinical skills, especially in the area of physical assessment," said Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., ASHP executive vice president and chief executive officer. "We believe this new addition to the Clinical Skills Ambulatory Care Program will go a long way toward providing practitioners with the necessary skills to serve patients across the continuum of care." 

The Ambulatory Care Clinical Skills Program Series is directed to practicing pharmacists and pharmacy students who want to enhance their clinical skills by engaging in self-study activities. The program also consists of a core module and a practice management module. An asthma management module will be available in spring 2000. Continuing education credit is provided for the core and asthma management modules. 

For more information or to order the Clinical Skills Program modules, call ASHP Customer Service at (301) 657-4383 or visit our Web site at

ASHP is the 30,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care, and other components of health care systems. ASHP believes that the mission of pharmacists is to help people make the best use of medications. Assisting pharmacists in fulfilling this mission is ASHP's primary objective. The Society has extensive publishing and educational programs designed to help members improve their delivery of pharmaceutical care, and it is the national accrediting organization for pharmacy residency and pharmacy technician training programs. For more information visit ASHP's Web site,