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Elaine Massaro, RN: What Is the Basic Concept of SMA’s?

Nov 18, 2012

Elaine Massaro, RN, explains how Shared Medical Appointments (SMA’s) benefit patients both because of the multidisciplinary approach, and socially. She talks about how patients seem to be more able and willing to ask questions in a group environment where there is more time, usually about 90 minutes. Ideally, that group is between 10-12 people which seems to work best for group dynamics as well as getting across all the necessary medical information.

More videos with Elaine Massaro:

Elaine Massaro, MS, RN, CDE Introduction
Elaine Massaro, RN, Q2: Long-term Studies on the Efficacy of SMA’s
Elaine Massaro, RN, Q3: Who Should Be on the Team for SMA’s?

Elaine Massaro, RN, Q4: What Are the Challenges of SMA’s?


Elaine Massaro, MS, RN, CDE, 2010 AADE Educator of the Year, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinical Research Coordinator at Northwestern University. She has been involved in a number of trials, including managing her site for the international multi-site Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation in Type 2 Diabetes (BARI 2D) trial 1. Massaro brings a unique perspective to diabetes, as her initial clinical experience was in cardiovascular nursing, intensive care, and the cardiac care unit (CCU), allowing her to better synthesize experience and expertise in two closely related fields.