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SWEETWISE: developing a multi-professional approach to diabetes mellitus

  • Amrit Takhar (a1), Jenny Herbert (a2), Rosemary Plum (a3), Mukesh Lad (a3), Deborah Manger (a4), Tony Murdoch (a2), Vinesh Patel (a5) and Piyus Tanna (a5)...

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The formation of a local joint professional network (LJPN) in Northamptonshire has led to a joint Continuing professional development initiative and an audit project to determine the take up of annual health checks by patients with diabetes mellitus with dentists, optometrists, pharmacists as well as the usual check with the General Medical Practice team. The findings showed that a significant number of patients (29–50%) do not access available dental, optometry and pharmacy advice. Better collaboration between the professions has the potential to improve health outcomes in diabetes mellitus and other areas where lifestyle modification reduces adverse health risks. A patient advice card (SWEETWISE) was developed by the group and could be used to help educate patients and health professionals.

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Correspondence to: Dr Amrit Takhar, General Practitioner, Wansford Surgery, Yarwell road, Peterborough, PE8 6PL, UK. Email: amrit@wansford.co.uk

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SWEETWISE: developing a multi-professional approach to diabetes mellitus

  • Amrit Takhar (a1), Jenny Herbert (a2), Rosemary Plum (a3), Mukesh Lad (a3), Deborah Manger (a4), Tony Murdoch (a2), Vinesh Patel (a5) and Piyus Tanna (a5)...

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