Primary care nurses struggle with lifestyle counseling in diabetes care

August 9, 2010

Source:   BMC Family Practice 11: 41 (2010)

Link here for full text

Date of publication: May 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: 12 in-depth interviews took place with nurses in Dutch general practices involved in diabetes care.  Specific barriers in counseling patients with type 2 diabetes about diet, physical activity, and smoking cessation were addressed.  The nurses were invited to reflect on barriers at the patient and practice levels, but mainly on their own roles as counselors.  The researchers conclude that nurses will be trained in agenda setting to structure consultations based on prioritizing the desired behavior change.

Length of publication: 7 pages


Cultural perspectives of interventions for managing diabetes and asthma in children and adolescents from ethnic minority groups

July 7, 2010

Source: Child: Care, Health and Development. June 2010 [Early View ahead of print]

Follow this link for full text

Date of publication: June 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Ethnic groups are at risk for poorer quality of life and increased disease complications when compared with non-ethnic counterparts living in the same country. There is little known about how culture is addressed in interventions developed for ethnic groups. The aim of this paper is to systematically review the cultural perspectives of interventions for managing diabetes and asthma in children, adolescents and/or their families from ethnic minority groups.

Length of publication: 1 page online

Some Important Notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: The Improvement Network


Screening and diagnosing diabetes in optometrists’ practices: an evaluation of perceptions, attitudes and beliefs

June 7, 2010

Source:  Practical Diabetes International, 01 March 2010, 27 (2) p.55-58

Follow this link for abstract

Date of publication:  March 2010

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This research considers optometrists’ perceptions, attitudes and beliefs towards diabetes and screening with a view to implementing a pilot study of selective testing in optometry practices. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with 21 optometrists in Northern England indicating a varied awareness of diabetes and early diagnosis, a reluctance to accept a screening role, organisational barriers, and the changing roles of optometrists. In conclusion, optometrists are willing to carry out capillary blood glucose tests, provided that the scheme is simple, is supported by other health care professionals and is properly funded.

Length of publication: 3 pages

Some Important Notes:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: Cinahl


Type 2 diabetes is still a silent killer

February 8, 2010

Source: Diabetes UK

Date of publication: 18 January 2010

Publication type: News story; survey

In a nutshell: Diabetes UK has published its 2009 survey of people with diabetes and access to healthcare services.  The findings indicate that 56 per cent of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last year did not even suspect they could have the condition, as they failed to identify its early symptoms.

Some important notes: Link available to report [16p pdf]


Barriers and facilitators to evidence based care of type 2 diabetes patients: experiences of general practitioners participating to a quality improvement program

October 7, 2009

Source: Implementation Science, 2009, 4:41

Click here for full text [11 page pdf]

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article describes a small scale qualitative research project undertaken with Belgian GPs to acquire a better understanding of the barriers to high-quality diabetes care and into the mechanisms of change brought about by an 18-month quality improvement program (QIP). The QIP was implemented to promote compliance with international guidelines and included interventions such as the introduction of an Interdisciplinary Diabetes Care Team.

Acknowledgement: CINAHL


Patients’ perceptions and experiences of transitions in diabetes care

August 7, 2009

Source:   Health Expectations, 12 (2) p.138-148

Follow this link for abstract

Date of publication:  June 2009

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: 20 patients with type 2 diabetes in Lothian were interviewed about their long term experiences of diabetes care/reviews since transferred from secondary to primary care. Patients perceived the transferrence of care as a mixed blessing. It concludes that patients should be educated about their care pathways and reassured regarding the quality of primary care received.

Length of publication:  10 pages

Some Important Notes: Please contact your local NHS library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: Cinahl


Bezafibrate may have antidiabetic properties

April 23, 2009

Source: NeLM

Follow this link to see the full text

Date of publication: 2009

Publication type: Commentary

Publication type:

In a nutshell: Summary of a  large observational study which suggests that treatment with bezafibrate might postpone the onset of type 2 diabetes, and slow progression when it is present.

Length of Publication: 1 page

Some important notes: Original article: Diabetes Care 2009; 32: 547-51.  Contact your local NHS Library for advice about access to the full text.

Acknowledgements: NeLM