For last week’s practice question, we quizzed participants on reviewing insulin dosing adjustments. 69% of respondents chose the best answer. We want to clarify and share this important information, so you can pass it on to people living with diabetes and your colleagues, plus prepare for exam success!
Before we start though, if you don’t want any spoilers and haven’t tried the question yet, you can answer it below: Answer Question
Question: JR lives with type 1 diabetes and severe gastroparesis, despite maintaining an A1C of less than 7% for the past few years. The endocrinologist referred JR to a GI specialist, who recommended a surgical procedure called a Gastric Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy, G-POEM, to address JR’s longstanding gastroparesis.
JR asks what you think about this intervention. What is the best response?
If you are thinking about taking the certification exam, this practice test question will set you up for success. Test writers anticipate possible answers based on the details in the question. They will wave those “juicy answers” right under your nose. Your job is to weed through the particulars, pluck out the most important elements and choose the BEST answer.
Answer 1 is incorrect. 28.90% chose this answer. “It sounds like you are worried about the effectiveness and risks of this procedure. Is that right?” This tempting answer is not the best answer since JR never states that they are worried about the effectiveness of the G-POEM. Instead they just want to see what the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist thinks about this procedure. When in doubt, re-examine the key intent of the question.
Answer 2 is correct. 69.27% of you chose this answer. “Tell me more about what your GI doctor told you about this procedure.” YES, this is the BEST answer. Great job. By asking what JR knows about the procedure, we provide JR an opportunity to share their knowledge and assess areas of concern. In addition, we may let JR know that we haven’t heard of this procedure, but we will look into it.
Answer 3 is incorrect. About 0.92% of respondents chose this. “I know you are frustrated, but the primary treatment for gastroparesis is low fiber meals.” It is true that we recommend low fiber meals for gastroparesis, but JR was asking about a procedure not meal planning.
Finally, Answer 4 is incorrect. 0.92% chose this answer. “Usually, gastroparesis improves as your A1C reaches target so I would wait and see if things improve.” It is true that the stomach is better at moving its’ content forward when blood sugars are closer to target most of the time. But, sometimes, despite having an A1C on target, severe autonomic neuropathy interferes with stomach propulsion past the pyloric sphincter.
We hope you appreciate this week’s rationale! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our Question of the Week and participate in this fun learning activity!
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