Insulin initiation success achieved in primary care

Associate Professor David O’Neal from St Vincent’s Hospital endocrinology department said that with about 8% of Australian adults having type 2 diabetes and a ratio of endocrinologists to patients of about 1:2000, more initiation of insulin was needed in primary care.

Some 22 GP practices and up to 100 patients in Melbourne and Shepparton will be involved in the investigator-initiated six month pilot to validate a model of primary care using GPs, practice nurses, a diabetes nurse educator and endocrinologist support as needed.

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