Perspectives

Facilitating diabetes self-management in general practice

Marg McGill

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Abstract

Collaboration between patient and physician can lead to a patient-centred approach to diabetes care in general practice that prioritises patient needs and optimises health outcomes.

Key Points

  • Patient-centred, team-based care is an integral component of diabetes care.
  • Self-management education and ongoing support are effective at reducing glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c).
  • SMART principles should be used to set collaborative goals.
  • Practice redesign may be necessary to accommodate chronic disease management.

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