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Evid Based Nurs 15:17 doi:10.1136/ebn.2011.100168
  • Primary health care
  • Randomised controlled trial

Diabetes management can be safely transferred to practice nurses

  1. Doris Young
  1. University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to: Doris Young
    University of Melbourne, 200 Berkeley Street, Carlton, VIC 3053, Australia; d.young{at}unimelb.edu.au

Commentary on:

Implications for nursing practice

  • Practice nurses (PNs) following protocols provide as effective care for patients with type 2 diabetes as general practitioners (GPs).

  • Patients are more satisfied with PNs helping them with diabetes management compared with GPs.

Implications for nursing research

  • Further large-scale studies need to be conducted to trial models of care delivered by PNs in this context as well as more generally.

  • Economic analyses need to be performed to ascertain the comparative cost-effectiveness of the two models of care.

  • Qualitative and observational studies would provide further …

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