Date of Award

Summer 8-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. LaWanda Baskin

Committee Chair School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Member 2

Dr. Carolyn Coleman

Committee Member 2 School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Member 3

Dr. Debra Copeland

Committee Member 3 School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice


Prediabetes is a precursor to diabetes and requires treatment most of the time. Prediabetes is a health condition characterized by high blood sugar levels, but it has not developed into type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recent estimates, about 88 million Americans have prediabetes (CDC, 2020). This project's main aims were to determine the effectiveness of implementing a structured prediabetes education intervention in diagnosing and screening prediabetes among primary care providers caring for African American females (AA) aged 30 to 60 years. Moreover, to evaluate the outcomes of implementing the educational intervention on the prevention of T2DM through screening and diagnosis of prediabetes in a federally qualified health facility in Jackson, Mississippi.

Adult primary care providers (PCP) who treat AA females were sampled through a convenience sampling method. Clinical staff participated in the pre-survey baseline assessments, where a knowledge test was offered, and baseline understanding of prediabetes was recorded. A 20-minute education intervention with a PowerPoint presentation was offered, after which a post-survey knowledge test was offered to four participants who took the test. The pre-survey average score was 75%, while the post-survey average score was 83%. Therefore, the prediabetes education intervention increased adult PCPs' knowledge scores by 6%. Key improvements were observed in clinicians' knowledge about risk factors, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of prediabetes. Previous studies reported that when PCPs are aware of the risks and treatment of prediabetes, they can avert the disease's consequences during its early stages (Mainous et al., 2016). This project had a smaller sample size which would limit the generalizability of the findings, but the overall findings are consistent with previous studies.