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Optimising insulin treatment in primary care

Publication date: Wednesday, 08 July 2015

Volume 6, Special Issue 1, Jan-Feb-Mar 2009

Articles in this Special Edition:


Everyone with diabetes deserves the highest standards of personalised diabetes care,no matter where,when or by whom this care is delivered.


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,…

This article provides a simple guide to the do's and don'ts of insulin injection technique, taking you through the steps that patients need to go through to inject their insulin correctly.

This article will examine the issues surrounding blood glucose monitoring for people treated with insulin.It will look at the practical skills required for patients to test accurately,the roles of the individual patient and the healthcare professional in successful monitoring,and the…

How much insulin does a patient with type 2 diabetes need for optimal glucose control? It can sometimes be a tricky balancing act to get the dose just right – too much increases the risk of hypoglycaemic episodes and too…

We often take modern medicine for granted,but a review of the history of a disease and its treatment can help us put the whole thing in perspective.In this article,we trace the development of understanding about the nature and cause of…


Starting on insulin injections represents a major change for most people with diabetes. Many aspects of everyday life will need to be considered more carefully,which can be quite daunting.With adequate support and education from the practice nurse,patients can be encouraged…

People with diabetes need to plan carefully for holidays, especially if they are treated with insulin. Although much of the advice will be the same as for the general population, these patients are more vulnerable and will need to take…

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is rising and people are developing the condition at an earlier age. Type 2 diabetes becomes progressively more difficult to control over time, so many people need to start on insulin therapy as the…

There are just not enough hours in the day to read all the research journals,even if you wanted to.This section of BJPCN – Evidence in Practice – summarises recent research in diabetes. Each review gives you a bite-size summary of…

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