Healthcare professionals' perceptions of diabetes-related practice in community-based multidisciplinary teams

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Jarosch, Marysia
Slatyer, Susan
Elliott-Kemp, Yvonne
Todd, Jo
Grealish, Laurie
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Aims: The shift in the focus of diabetes care from acute to community-based care means that a broad range of communitybased health professionals is required to provide e·ective evidence-based care. A team-based, multidisciplinary approach is essential for e·ective person-centred care. This study investigates multidisciplinary health professionals’ perceptions of 2 diabetes (T2D) practice in community settings. Methods: A cross-sectional web-based survey of health professionals (HP), using the Perceptions of Diabetes Questionnaire© was conducted in one community-based health service in Australia. Results: Eighty-three nurses and allied health professionals responded to the survey (37% response rate). The HPs valued the medical aspects of diabetes much more highly than the personal aspects. They had limited con¹dence in their ability to manage diabetes and improve outcomes, particularly in relation to people with diabetes (PWD) integrating recommendations into their self-care practices. Respondents appeared to confuse guidelines with health service policies or standards. Conclusions: Respondents valued person-centred care but did not value the personal aspects of diabetes that are important to individuals living with the condition. Addressing this paradox is critical to the implementation of guidelines for the care of PWD into practice. Alignment of the value of person-centred care with practices that focus on the person is recommended as a key area of professional development.

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Australian Diabetes Educator
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20
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3
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Jarosch, M; Slatyer, S; Elliott-Kemp, Y; Todd, J; Grealish, L, Healthcare professionals' perceptions of diabetes-related practice in community-based multidisciplinary teams, Australian Diabetes Educator, 2017, 20 (3), pp. 1-16
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