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Helping Patients with Diabetes to Start on Insulin

Starting insulin can be one of the most difficult transitions for patients with diabetes—one that requires significant patient education and support to help them as they work toward their overall diabetes goals.1 Ideally, patients with a new insulin prescription should leave their clinic visit confident about what they need to do, how to do it, and why it should be done. The Checklist for Starting Insulin can help you make sure your patients have all the information they need regarding their prescribed insulin therapy in order to achieve and maintain their A1C targets.2-4

You can also summarize the what, when, why, and how of insulin therapy for your patients using the My Insulin tool, which can be printed out for patients to bring home with them as a constant reminder of what they need to do.

You can also use this checklist in conjunction with the patient education presentation “Starting Insulin: Managing Expectations and Addressing Fears” to help address patient concerns about taking this step.

Starting Insulin