Primary care for type 2 diabetes

Anat Tsur, Ilana Harman-Boehm, Julio Wainstein, Itamar Raz

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Abstract

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is dramatically increasing worldwide and expected to double over the next 25 years, reaching epidemic proportions and thus incurring a considerable financial burden on the health care system. In order to cure the epidemic and minimize expensive complications, a program aimed at optimizing metabolic control and improving surveillance and quality assessment needs to be developed and implemented nation-wide. Most diabetic patients should be treated within the primary care system. In order to meet treatment targets, improve metabolic control and avoid complications, the knowledge and skills needed to treat this chronic disease should be reinforced by dedicated multidisciplinary teams from centers specializing in diabetes care. The specialized diabetes clinics should be devoted to both the treatment of complicated cases of diabetes, that are not achieving treatment targets in the primary care setting, and to the education, updating and empowerment of all primary care teams involved in the treatment of patients with diabetes. A local framework for shared care should be developed through the combined efforts of the staff of the diabetes center and the primary care physicians and nurses in order to secure the shared goals of optimal treatment and prevention of complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-354+390
JournalHarefuah
Volume143
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Diabetes center
  • Empowerment
  • Primary care
  • Type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)

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