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J Okla State Med Assoc. 2004 May;97(5):201-4.

The use of a multidisciplinary team care approach to improve glycemic control and quality of life by the prevention of complications among diabetic patients.

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OU College of Public Health, USA.


In an effort to provide effective and efficient care to patients with chronic health conditions, the U.S. healthcare system is in the process of redesigning its delivery system. One approach to meet the high demands of patients and to best utilize resources is the use of a multidisciplinary team approach to provide better care when compared to an individual patient - physician care. When properly implemented, this team approach provides positive measurable outcomes. With a diverse group of healthcare professionals, such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, and health educators with the patient at the center of the team, the team can ensure treatment goals are maintained for chronic diseases. The team approach implements: patient satisfaction and self-management, development of a community support network, team coordination, team communication, patient follow-up, use of protocols and other tools, use of computerized information systems, and outcome evaluations. The goal of this paper is to demonstrate the benefits of utilizing this multidisciplinary approach with Type II diabetes through the improvement of glycemic control and improved quality of life. Cost effectiveness is also discussed.

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