NPS presents a patient-centred approach to type 2 diabetes management
Pharmacists play an important role in the management of type 2 diabetes and are well placed to counsel and assist patients in areas including promoting medicine adherence, self-management, identifying medicine-related problems and ongoing monitoring.
With a plethora of medicines on the market, new guidelines to be published and emerging clinical outcome data, the management of diabetes is evolving. An individualised, stepped approach should be used to ensure patients achieve their glycaemic targets while minimising risk of hypoglycaemia.
The Australian Diabetes Society recently updated their blood glucose treatment algorithm for type 2 diabetes to include guidance on the latest blood glucose lowering agents and their place in therapy.
Non-adherence rates ranging from 45-70% in patients prescribed metformin and pharmacists are ideally placed to implement strategies to promote adherence to diabetes medicines.
The latest NPS MedicineWise Pharmacy Practice Review, Type 2 diabetes: a patient-centred approach is a self-reflective quality improvement activity that focuses on key areas of type 2 diabetes management. It encourages pharmacists to tailor advice and support to the specific needs of individual patients.
Recognising that all pharmacists have different learning needs, the Pharmacy Practice Review is built with flexibility in mind. Easily accessed online with the option to reflect on 5 or 10 episodes of care, it is interactive in design to provide immediate individualised feedback to help pharmacists improve encounters and achieve best practice with their patients.
Pharmacists will be provided with current evidence-based clinical guidance, pharmacist tools (quick-reference resources to support and optimise patient counselling), individual patient management plans, summary reports with peer comparison across best practice indicators and expert commentary.
This free activity enables pharmacists to earn up to 8 hours of Group 3 CPD (or 24 CPD credits).