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Type 2 diabetes and comorbidities: how nurses can help patients

Study highlights greater patient complexity, with unexpected common issues including back pain, depression and osteoarthritis

Study highlights greater patient complexity, with unexpected common issues including back pain, depression and osteoarthritis

  • Research suggests nurses should take a broad view of patients’ needs at individual and population level
  • Comorbidities show variation along lines of sex and ethnicity and this should be considered when planning care
  • Self-management should be promoted to those with type 2 diabetes and multicomorbidities, with specialist diabetes nurses able to offer advice and education for patients and non-specialist nurses

Not only are more people than ever living with type 2 diabetes, but the complexity of the condition is increasing and highly variable.

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