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Nurse-led care model improves uptake of type 2 diabetes treatment

A care model led by practice nurses improves the uptake of insulin treatment among patients with type 2 diabetes, say researchers in Australia. 
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A care model led by practice nurses improves the uptake of insulin treatment among patients with type 2 diabetes, say researchers in Australia.

The Stepping Up model involves an enhanced role for practice nurses, who are trained and mentored by registered nurses with a qualification in diabetes education to enable them to lead on insulin treatment initiation within the practice as part of routine care.

To test the effectiveness of the model, the researchers studied 266 patients from 74 general practices across Australia; 151 had consultations with the practice nurse as part of the model, and 115 received usual care.

The researchers found significantly higher rates of insulin initiation among patients in the Stepping Up group, with 70% starting insulin compared to just 22% of those who received usual

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