Improving Diabetes Care in the Clinic

Author: Shah Jayendra H

In providing care to diabetic patients, education to patient and family members is one of the most important aspects of management. The informed decisions about self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG), nutrition, exercise, weight control, eye and foot care, use of oral medications and insulin, prevention of micro- and macrovascular complications cannot be effectively managed without knowledge of diabetes. Also, the factors such as desire to learn, cognitive abilities, attitudes, depression, family support, barrios to care and cultural and ethnic back ground influence the learning process. Obviously, physicians and other health care professionals play a pivotal role in providing education and care to patients with this chronic devastating disease. Most of the care of diabetes and steps to prevent its complications occurs in the institutional or private clinics. There is vast amount of literature, often confusing and contradictory, is available on multitude of topics concerning diabetes and its complications. T

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