New online learning activities help improve outcomes for patients with type 2 diabetes

The latest NPS MedicineWise online learning activities offer GPs and pharmacists the opportunity to review their management of people with type 2 diabetes and further contribute to improved patient outcomes.

Having type 2 diabetes more than doubles a person’s risk of dying from cardiovascular (CV) causes.

Tight control of blood glucose helps prevent CV events in the long term in people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. However the latest studies show that lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol has a more immediate effect in reducing cardiovascular risk in the short term (3-5 years).

NPS clinical adviser Dr Philippa Binns says that the online Clinical e-Audit for GPs and GP registrars and the online Pharmacy Practice Review for pharmacists help guide a best practice approach to management. They also place an emphasis on empowering patients to be in control of their condition, including taking an active role in regular monitoring, having a better understanding of the medicines they use, and understanding the importance of adherence to their management plan and ongoing lifestyle changes.

“With the prevalence of known diabetes tripling over the past decade, health professionals need to rigorously manage their patients with this condition in order to ensure the best outcomes for them and help educate people at risk of this disease to reduce it’s incidence,” says Dr Binns.

“We recognise that these reflective learning activities can appear to be time consuming, but we also know that GPs and pharmacists find them professionally rewarding and as a result may implement meaningful practice changes leading to better patient outcomes.”

Participating GPs and pharmacist will receive immediate individualised feedback on their patient management and results can be compared with those of their peers. Commentary is also provided by a diabetes expert.

The Clinical e-Audit for GPs and GP registrars: Type 2 diabetes – Priorities and targets is approved by the RACGP Quality Improvement & Continuing Professional Development Program for 40 (category 1) points and the ACRRM Professional Development Program for 30 PRPD points. It is also recognised for the Quality Prescribing Initiative of the Practice Incentives Program (May 2012 to April 2013).

The Pharmacy Practice Review for pharmacists and pharmacy interns: Type 2 diabetes – Enhancing patient care is accredited by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia as a Group 2 activity for 16 credit points (8 hours).

To register for the Clinical e-Audit visit www.nps.org.au/clinical_audits

To register for the Pharmacy Practice Review visit www.nps.org.au/pharmacy_practice_reviews

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