GPs and practice nurses across the country may be able to improve care for thousands of patients with Type 2 diabetes, thanks to a partnership between Diabetes UK and EMIS Health that has lead to the development of information prescriptions. These alert clinicians to key information on their patients’ condition during consultations and give patients the tailored information they need to self-manage at home. Clinicians say the system is helping to improve care and empower patients.
Dr Naresh Kanumilli, Diabetes UK Clinical Champion and GP says, “The information prescriptions give quality, evidence-based, consistent and appropriate advice for each person with diabetes. In addition, they serve as an effective tool to prompt all clinicians during consultations, to include those not specifically related to diabetes, to discuss any concerns with them.”
Practice nurse Nicola Milne from Northenden Group Practice who currently manages almost 700 patients with Type 2 diabetes says, “It is fantastic to be able to have a tool that gives patients accurate information on their condition, alongside an easy to understand graphic of what could happen if their condition isn’t managed well. In addition, the information prescription gives the person with diabetes the information and advice to self-manage their condition and set goals, which we can discuss together. Presenting it as written information, with the backing of Diabetes UK, gives it added credibility and the link to the Diabetes UK website is also included so it opens up a wealth of information to patients. The information prescriptions help patients to better understand their condition and actively manage it.”
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