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Guide reveals steps to team-oriented diabetes care

Tuesday August 30, 2011
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The National Diabetes Education Program has released a guide to encourage and support a multidisciplinary approach to diabetes care. According to the NDEP, a team approach can help reduce risk factors for type 2 diabetes, improve diabetes management and lower the risk for complications.

The guide, "Redesigning the Health Care Team: Diabetes Prevention and Lifelong Management," presents practical resources to help healthcare professionals and organizations implement collaborative, multidisciplinary team care for adults and children with diabetes in a variety of settings.

The guide also contains evidence that supports team care as a component of effective diabetes management, steps for forming and maintaining a successful team and case studies demonstrating real-world team care in traditional and nontraditional settings.

According to the guide, with "medical direction and defined protocols, nurses can make clinical management decisions about the treatment of diabetes, lipids and hypertension; provide self-management education; and coordinate team services to meet the patient's healthcare needs. Compared to usual physician care, nurse-directed diabetes care for minority adults improved process measures 98% of the time compared to 54%; A1C measures decreased to 7% compared to 8.7%; and 82% of patients met the LDL goal of 100 mg/dl compared to 51%."

To download a copy of the guide, visit http://1.usa.gov/pYONKm.

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