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.  

Study design

  • 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.
  • Funding: CDC.

Key results

  • 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.
  • Team-based care interventions also...