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"Successful diabetes management in New York City is more important than ever," says Falk. "The statistics are sobering -- the epidemic rate of diabetes in New York City is twice the national average and climbing. Of the city's population, 9.5 percent have diabetes. The more than 100,000 New Yorkers with very poorly controlled diabetes are at high risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and amputations."

According to the New York City Department of Health, in the past 10 years, the city's number of diabetics has more than doubled, and an estimated 265,000 people are still undiagnosed. While Asians constitute the largest group of diabetics, African Americans have the highest death rate.

A nursing doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, Falk wants to build on her study in order to educate community nurses on identifying depression among diabetics and making interventions on their behalf. She will most likely write her dissertation on the subject.

"This work has the potential to be a national model," Falk notes. "It will be a lot of work, but worthwhile. Nurses are on the frontline in pulling together management of care.

"Although the new buzz phrase in healthcare reform is the 'medical home' -- that is, providing clients with assistance in organizing and coordinating their care -- it is 'old school' to nurses," she continues. "Nurses have been practicing with the emphasis on care coordination for decades. Care coordination is what nurses do best and will continue to be an important factor in reducing the rate of hospitalization and improving quality of health."

SOURCE New York City College of Technology