Diabetes costs the NHS around £10bn a year. It is a national priority and a focus of the NHS Long Term Plan. There are guidelines on diabetes management and NHS policy highlights the need for more person-centred care, including supporting people and giving them the tools they need to manage their own health.
Preventing Type 2 diabetes, and managing both Type 1 and Type 2, requires life-long commitment, but the potential health gains are huge. Placing people at the heart of services can improve their engagement, health outcomes and experiences.
Research can reveal ways to support this goal for diabetes care, and a collection is now available that brings together messages from research in accessible summaries – NIHR Alerts – over the past couple of years. It illustrates how taking account of individuals’ needs, differences and wishes could improve diabetes services and provides useful information both for those commissioning and delivering services, and for members of the public.
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