Clinical case study

Type 2 diabetes: intensifying treatment

Two different patients with type 2 diabetes. How would you manage their diabetes care? A free case study from NPS.

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Intensifying treatment in type 2 diabetes
 

CPD Points

This activity has been accredited for 2 (Category 2) points in the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2017–2019 triennium (activity number 92188).

RACGP accreddited

This activity has been accredited for 1 Core point in the ACRRM PD Program for the 2017–2019 triennium (activity code: 7273).

ACRRM accreddited

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Two different patients with type 2 diabetes. How would you manage their diabetes care?

Deepa is a 49-year-old accountant with a history of gestational diabetes. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 3 months ago.

Barry is 55 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 5 years ago. He has been taking metformin for the last 3 years, though his lifestyle modifications have been inconsistent.

How would you assess and manage these patients? What patient factors would you consider? What questions would you ask these patients to assess their adherence to medicines? What types of ongoing monitoring would you recommend?

Complete this online case study and receive instant feedback on your responses, compare your approach with your peers and read expert commentary provided by leading Australian GP Dr Roy Rasalam.

 

Learning outcomes

By completing this case study you will be able to:

  • use a stepped approach to managing glucose control, based on the latest treatment algorithm
  • choose between glucose-lowering medicines based on their relative advantages and disadvantages and individual patient characteristics
  • assess adherence to medicines and lifestyle modifications and address factors that influence poor adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes
  • monitor blood glucose control, adverse effects of medicines and adherence to diabetes medicines at regular intervals.