The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have launched a new report to help nursing staff and other health care professionals to act on the latest type 2 diabetes research.
The report, On the Level – Evidence for Action on Type 2 Diabetes, focuses on four areas of support – prevention; better identification; self-management; and reducing complications. Importantly, it also takes the perspective of patients into account.
This report offers a welcome review of the evidence base on diabetes care. Clearly there are areas where nursing staff will have influence in implementing the evidence from this review, for example, supporting initiatives to help prevent Type 2 diabetes in high risk groups and preventing complications for those patients who have it and in ensuring that people are able to access relevant structured education programs. Staff in primary care and the community are most likely to be meeting these patients on a daily basis – and will be best placed to identify and influence these patients groups.We know there are certain population groups that are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes and health care professionals need to be confident in offering support and advice to these groups. For example, many people living with the condition may benefit from structured lifestyle programmes. Alternatively, nursing staff may be in a position to offer healthy eating and exercise advice and support to people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, when they see these patients in their homes or surgeries.