Room for improvement seen with initial diabetes care

January 17, 2018

(HealthDay)—Diabetes care can be improved with enhanced communication between providers and patients and improved communication between members of the primary care team, according to a study published in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Anthony Dowell, M.B.Ch.B., from the University of Otago in New Zealand, and colleagues tracked health interactions, including video recordings of interactions with (e.g., general practitioners, nurses, dietitians), for 32 patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes as they moved through the New Zealand health care system over a period of approximately six months.

The researchers identified challenges to effective communication in diabetes care. For example, although clinicians had high levels of technical knowledge, initial consultations were often driven by biomedical explanations out of context from patient experience. While spent considerable time with patients, there was a perception of time pressure, which may be alleviated by not repeating information that may not be relevant to patient need. Health professionals seemingly had little knowledge of what other disciplines do and how their contributions to patient care differ.

"Despite current high skill levels of primary care professionals, opportunities exist to increase the effectiveness of communication and consultation in ," the authors write.

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