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Tailoring care for older people with diabetes

A focus on patient-centred care planning and partnership approaches in care are vital for older people with diabetes, write Stephen Phillips and Anne Phillips

Diabetes mellitus is being diagnosed at increasing rates across the whole population, but specifically in the older population due to better outcomes and risk management strategies in diabetes, and the fact that people are living longer and healthier lives. 1,2

This article will investigate the impact of diabetes in older people and the ethical considerations for health professionals in decision-making with older people.3 It is important, but sometimes difficult, to balance the needs of the a patient and the need to achieve national targets for diabetes, for example, in the QOF.

To do no harm and achieve good outcomes for individual patients, care needs to be patient-centred, rather than target-driven. Practice and community nurses are at the forefront of providing individualised diabetes care for older people, and this article will explore the determinants of this care.

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