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Journal of Diabetes Nursing

Comparative research in Tanzania and Sweden

Comparative research in Tanzania and Sweden Readability [check] [check] [check] Applicability to practice [check] [check] WOW! factor [check] [check] 1 This study examined self-reported health in 150 adult Tanzanian (TZ) patients and age- and gender-matched Swedish (SW) patients with diabetes, in relation to the general population in each country. 2 It also investigated whether patients […]

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Wound care nurses are key in diabetic foot clinics

Wound care nurses are key in diabetic foot clinics 1 Specialist diabetic foot clinics have been shown to be effective in terms of reducing amputations and hospital stays. 2 This article evaluates the role of a wound care nurse in contributing to clincial effectiveness in wound healing in a diabetic foot service during the first […]

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pushing the boundaries of diabetes nursing

MODY link nurses: pushing the boundaries of diabetes nursing Sandra Dudding Introduction The role of the MODY (maturity-onset diabetes of the young) link nurse (MLN) has enabled diabetes specialist nurses (DSNs) to step beyond the boundaries of their existing roles. The MLN role has added a new dimension that provides possibilities for personal and professional […]

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Traditional weight loss interventions do not change behaviour

Traditional weight loss interventions do not change behaviour Weight loss is the single most effective dietary therapy for improving outcomes in the 90% of people with type 2 diabetes as well as many people with type 1 diabetes who are overweight or obese, claimed Pam Dyson, Dietitian in Oxford. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] However, successful weight loss […]

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Add-on drug therapy for type 2 diabetes

Add-on drug therapy for type 2 diabetes 1 Metformin is the first choice treatment for obese patients with type 2 diabetes. Glitazones can be used if metformin is unsuitable. 2 Glitazones or sulphonylureas can be added if the patient is not adequately controlled. 3 This article examines use of glitazones as add-on therapy in type […]

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with new patient literature …… and a new website

Changing diabetes: with new patient literature …… and a new website Novo Nordisk has taken the views of more than 400 diabetes specialist nurses (DSNs) into account as it refreshes the literature it provides for people living with diabetes in the UK. Earlier this year, the company distributed a questionnaire to the 1500 DSNs in […]

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a useful tool in pregnant women with diabetes?

Reflective practice: a useful tool in pregnant women with diabetes? June James Introduction Effective self-care in pregnant women with diabetes demands a major commitment from pregnant women and may require intensive lifestyle changes. Whilst emphasising patient empowerment, The National Service Framework for diabetes demands the achievement of Hb[A.sub.1c] levels of around 6% to optimise good […]

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Abracadabra 3: how to get a quart out of a pint pot; delivering optimum diabetes care despite scarce resources

Abracadabra 3: how to get a quart out of a pint pot; delivering optimum diabetes care despite scarce resources – Journal Conference London: Friday 31 January 2003 (The Magic Circle) York: Friday 7 February 2003 (St Williams College) MORE AND MORE IS BEING EXPECTED FROM DIABETES TEAMS ACROSS PRIMARY AND SECONDARY CARE. BUT WITH PRECIOUS […]

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Is it worth monitoring blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes?

Is it worth monitoring blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes? Debbie Hicks Introduction It is well established that people with diabetes, regardless of type, can reduce the risk of long-term complications by maintaining good glycaemic control (Diabetes Control and Complications Trial [DCCT] Research Group, 1993; UK Prospective Diabetes Study [UKPDS] Group, 1998). Self-monitoring of […]

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Protocols for diabetes clinics

Protocols for diabetes clinics Q Are there any specialist nurses who are working alongside the doctors in general diabetes clinics seeing patients (albeit uncomplicated ones!), not in a nurse-led clinic capacity but either with newly-referred patients or those attending annual review? If so what protocols do you have to support your role? Jackie Webb DSN […]