Nurse case management with a therapeutic algorithm for people living with diabetes, hypertension and raised LDL cholesterol: after 1 year 22% of those receiving the intervention have all three parameters under control versus 10% of those receiving usual care
- Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
- Correspondence to Susan J Appel
Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama, PO Box 870358, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0358, USA;
Implications for practice and research
■ Nurse case managers can improve simultaneous control of hypertension, hyperglycaemia and hyperlipidaemia among patients living with Type 2 diabetes with the use of an algorithm guiding changes in medications versus usual care.
■ Frequent patient contact with nurse case managers can lead to improved lifestyle modifications and intensified medication regimes which reduce cardiometabolic risk.
■ Clinical inertia by primary care providers is an issue when managing diabetes as well as other chronic illnesses.
■ The use of algorithms and/or protocols by nurse …