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Journal of General Practice Nursing (GPN) | September 2015

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Prescribing for type 2 diabetes: a patient-centred approach

Prescribing for type 2 diabetes: a patient-centred approach
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Article topics: Complications, Decision-making, Glycaemic control, Patient-centred care, Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)

Diabetes care takes up around 10% of the total NHS budget (Diabetes UK, 2015), and as type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) makes up around 90% of all diabetes, it could be argued that prescribing for this largely preventable condition is the main culprit responsible for these costs. However, most of the money spent on treating diabetes is for managing its complications (Kerr, 2011). The key to preventing these complications is through effective prescribing aimed at reducing them. Possibly as a result of more clinicians thinking this way, prescribing costs for diabetes have been rising steadily (Health and Social Care Information Centre [HSCIC], 2014). So, how can clinicians be sure that newer and more expensive therapies are both clinically and financially effective? And crucially, how do clinicians ensure that patients are kept at the centre of all consultations and are fully involved in the decision-making process?

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