Treating type 2 diabetes: how safe are current therapeutic agents?

June 7, 2009

Title:  Treating type 2 diabetes: how safe are current therapeutic agents?

Source:   International Journal of Clinical Practice; 63 (2) p.321-322

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Date of publication:  01 February 2009

Publication type:  Review

In a nutshell:   This article reviews the use of oral hypoglycaemic agents (OHAs) from the standard Sulphonylureas (SUs) and biguanides (metformin) to the more recent thiazolidinediones, glinides, a-glucosidase inhibitors, glucagonlike peptide-1 agonists, amylin analogues and dipeptidyl peptidase-IV inhibitors. Whilst the safety of SUs and metformin have been established through long term use, clinical trials relating to the newer OHAs are needed to measure their risk benefit ratio against the standard regimens. It recommend that until established trials are available, patients should be treated on an individual basis weighing benefits and costs of individual medications.

Length of publication:  1 page

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Acknowledgement  Cinahl


New health series for South Asian people hitting TV screens

June 7, 2009

Source: Diabetes UK

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: News story

In a nutshell: During its 30 episodes, Simply Health will aim to teach and inform South Asian viewers about good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle particularly in relation to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.  It can be seen on the satellite channel Sony TV Asia on Fridays at 6.30pm, Saturdays at 9.00am and Sundays at 11.30am.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: none

Acknowledgement: Diabetes UK


Diabetes Facts and Figures

June 7, 2009

Source: International Diabetes Federation

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: Statistics

In a nutshell: Web site providing facts and figures about diabetes and its complications, as well as statistical information about the extent and impact of diabetes around the globe.  With links to useful sound bites, costs and Diabetes Atlas, 3rd edition (2006).

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: none

Acknowledgement: International Diabetes Federation


Perceptions of a service redesign by adults living with type 2 diabetes.

June 7, 2009

Source: J Adv Nurs. 2009 Apr 30. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Using data from focus groups, the authors conclude that people with type 2 diabetes appreciate their care management within the primary care setting where there has been investment in staff to deliver this care. Healthcare resources are required to support the development of staff and the necessary infrastructure to undertake management in primary care. Policy makers need to address the balance of resources between primary and secondary care.

Length of publication: unknown

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Acknowledgement: PubMed


The role of proactive coping to achieve behavioural change

June 7, 2009

Title:   Beyond good intentions: the role of proactive coping in achieving sustained behavioural change in the context of diabetes management

Source:    Psychology & Health; 24 (3) p.237-254

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Date of publication:  01 March 2009

Publication type:  Clinical trial

In a nutshell:   This RCT examines a self-management intervention to support patients recently diagnosed with type-2 diabetes to improve their self-care behaviours. The intervention is based on proactive coping to predict the maintenance of changes in behaviour, examining the role of anticipation and planning in maintaining self care. The intervention was successful regarding improved diet and exercise resulting in weight loss over 12 months. Proactive coping was seen to be a good predictor of long term self management.

Length of publication:   17 pages

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Acknowledgement   Cinahl


Impact of pay for performance on ethnic disparities in intermediate outcomes for diabetes: a longitudinal study.

June 7, 2009

Source: Diabetes Care. 2009 Mar;32(3):404-9

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Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The introduction of a pay for performance incentive in U.K. primary care was associated with improvements in the intermediate outcomes of diabetes care for all ethnic groups. However, the magnitude of improvement appeared to differ between ethnic groups, thus potentially widening existing disparities in care. Policy makers should consider the potential impacts of pay for performance incentives on health disparities when designing and evaluating such programs.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Acknowledgement: PubMed


NHS Healthcare Science Research projects awarded over £1 million

June 7, 2009

Source: NHS Diabetes

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Date of publication:2009

Publication type: News story

In a nutshell: Ten healthcare scientists from across England have been awarded research fellowships worth a total of over £1million for projects that will lead to improvements in patient care.  One involves diabetes testing in primary care.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: none

Acknowledgement: NHS Diabetes