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Practice nurses' diabetes care equivalent to GPs'

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Type 2 diabetes management in primary care can be safely transferred to practice nurses, according to Dutch researchers.

They randomised 230 patients to usual care from a GP or care by nurses, who treated glucose levels, blood pressure and lipid profile using a specified protocol.

After 14 months, they found no significant differences in improved HbA1c, blood pressure and lipid profile between the two groups, but patients said they preferred care from nurses.

“Practice nurses achieved results, which were comparable to those achieved by a GP with respect to clinical parameters with better patient satisfaction,” the authors said online in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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