NICE recommends that all patients with diabetes should be offered a structured educational programme at diagnosis, together with regular reviews and updates. Several programmes are available that meet NICE criteria, and there is evidence that they can help to improve patients' quality of life, well-being and diabetic control.
The first of 3 interactive programmes providing practical answers about the use of insulin.
Jane Diggle and Hannah Beba help to 'demystify' insulin in primary care - what's stopping us and what do we need to know?
The second of 3 interactive programmes providing practical answers about the use of insulin.
Nicola Milne and Su Down take a look at how we can make the most of insulin - How to initiate and how and when to titrate?
The last of our 3 interactive programmes providing practical answers about the use of insulin.
Jane Diggle and Su Down discuss the main dangers associated with insulin how we can ensure its safe use within primary care.
Professor Mike Kirby examines the evidence for the benefits of the NHS Health Check following a recent editorial casting doubts on the programme. Other emerging evidence suggests that the programme helps to reduce health inequalities and is effective at case finding for major physiological risk factors such as hypertension and diabetes.
The Year of Care for diabetes project has its roots in the recent movement to put patient empowerment at the top of the health agenda.It reflects recent government publications,including Choosing Health: Making healthy choices easier and Our health, Our care, Our say. In this article we look at the development of the project, its aims and what it will mean in practice.