Patient care at diagnosis: a planned education approach
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Patient care at diagnosis: a planned education approach

Clare Vile Clinical lead nurse, Primary care, Knowsley Primary Care Trust, Huyton, Merseyside

The diagnosis of diabetes can have a deep and long-lasting effect on patients’ lives. The care and support they receive at this time is of the utmost importance in helping patients to cope with and adjust to their newly diagnosed condition. This article discusses the development of a structured protocol to encompass the emotional and physical care that patients require following a new diagnosis. The protocol will be piloted at the author’s primary care trust.

Nursing Standard. 18, 28,40-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.03.18.28.40.c3575

Correspondence

clare.vile@sthkhealth.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review