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Optimising treatment in type 2 diabetes

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Optimising treatment in type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is associated with high risk of macro- and microvascular complications and effective glycaemic control, as well as blood pressure and lipid management, is essential to reduce the risk of developing some of these complications. Patient choice and involvement in treatment options is also essential. Anyone who reviews a patient on medication for type 2 diabetes should be aware of the risks and benefits of the range of therapies available in order to counsel patients effectively and support informed choice.

This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at advanced level, tests your knowledge of diabetes therapies based on national and international guidance. Complete the resource to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.

Aims and objectives

On completion of this resource, you should have an understanding of:

  • The importance of optimising glycaemic control
  • The range of oral and injectable therapies which can be used to improve glycaemic control
  • The practice nurse’s role in aiding patient choice when implementing new therapies
  • The influence of local, national and international guidelines in evidence based diabetes care

Reading list

Alphabet strategy for diabetes

Diabetes UK. State of the Nation: Challenges for 2015 and beyond, 2014 

EASD hyperglycaemia guidelines, 2015

Holt T and Kumar S. ABC of Diabetes, 2010 Wiley Blackwell West Sussex

NICE NG28 Type 2 diabetes in adults - management, 2015

Further education and training 

Diabetes courses from Education for Health