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Evid Based Nurs 7:48 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.2.48
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Nurse led clinics controlled hypertension and hyperlipidaemia better than usual care in diabetes


 
 Q In patients with diabetes and high blood pressure (BP) or high cholesterol, is a nurse led hypertension or hyperlipidaemia clinic more effective than usual care for controlling BP and lipid concentrations?

METHODS

GraphicDesign:

randomised controlled trial.

GraphicAllocation:

concealed.

GraphicBlinding:

data collectors {and data analysts}*.

GraphicFollow up period:

1 year.

GraphicSetting:

Hope Hospital, Salford, UK.

GraphicPatients:

patients with diabetes mellitus who were receiving shared care provided by a general practitioner and hospital diabetes clinic and had elevated BP (systolic ⩾140 mm Hg or diastolic ⩾80 mm Hg) or elevated serum cholesterol concentrations (total cholesterol ⩾5.0 mmol/l). 1014 patients (mean age 64 y, 52% men) were enrolled in the BP control protocol, and 683 patients (mean age 57 y, 54% men) in the lipid management protocol.

GraphicInterventions:

patients with elevated BP were allocated to a …

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