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
- 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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