T2DM: Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends team-based care
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Team-based care, involving the patient’s primary care provider (not necessarily a physician), and ≥1 other healthcare professionals can improve blood glucose, BP, and lipid levels.
Why this matters
Diabetes management is complex.
Recommendation based on evidence from systematic review of 35 studies evaluating effect of team-based care on blood glucose, BP, and lipids in type 2 diabetes.
Most teams formed by adding a nurse or pharmacist to patient-primary care provider relationship.
Compared with usual care, team-based care interventions improved patients’ diabetes outcomes, including blood glucose level, systolic BP, diastolic BP, high-density lipoprotein, low-density lipoprotein, total cholesterol, and triglycerides.