Type 2 diabetes: a case study
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Type 2 diabetes: a case study

Priscilla Cunningham Nursing student, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Helen Noble Lecturer, Health Services Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Increased prevalence of diabetes in the community has been accompanied by an increase in diabetes in hospitalised patients. About a quarter of these patients experience a hypoglycaemic episode during their admission, which is associated with increased risk of mortality and length of stay. This article examines the aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes using a case study approach. The psychosocial implications for the patient are also discussed. The case study is based on a patient with diabetes who was admitted to hospital following a hypoglycaemic episode and cared for during a practice placement. The importance of early diagnosis of diabetes and the adverse effects of delayed diagnosis are discussed.

Nursing Standard. 29, 5, 37-43. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.5.37.e9142

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 20 May 2014

Accepted: 15 July 2014