J Korean Diabetes.  2015 Dec;16(4):293-302. 10.4093/jkd.2015.16.4.293.

Economic Evaluation of Diabetes Education

  • 1Department of Healthcare Management, Eulji University, Seongnam, Korea.
  • 2Department of Humanities and Social Medicine, College of Medicine and Catholic Institute for Healthcare Management, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. snukyd1@naver.com
  • 3Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.
  • 4Diabetes Education Unit, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Nursing, Dongnam Health College, Suwon, Korea.
  • 6Graduate School of Public Health, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 7University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD, USA.


Diabetes education, also known as diabetes self-management training or diabetes selfmanagement education, is effective in helping patients with diabetes control their illness and maximize their health. However, there is no established institutional strategy in South Korea because economic evaluations of the benefits and costs of diabetes education have been limited. The purpose of this study is two-fold: (1) describe economic evaluation methodologies, one of the tools available to help choose wisely from a range of alternatives and implement effective resources; and (2) suggest applications of economic evaluation in terms of diabetes education.
There are three types of commonly used economic evaluations in diabetes education: cost benefit analysis, cost effective analysis, and cost utility analysis.
The understanding of the economic value of diabetes education for people with diabetes has a number of uses: to provide empirical evidence to influence policy-making in diabetes education, to offer proof of the benefits of diabetes self-management, to improve awareness of the importance and necessity of diabetes education, to reduce costs of diabetes management, and to enhance healthcare quality.
Further research is needed to evaluate the economic benefits and costs associated with diabetes education.


Cost-benefit analysis; Diabetes education; Diabetes management

MeSH Terms

Cost-Benefit Analysis
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Quality of Health Care
Self Care
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