New ADA-EASD guidelines on type 2 diabetes highlight patient-centered care
Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) have highlighted "patient-centered care" that accounts for each individualís health history and status, weight, costs of care and preferences, in a new consensus report on the management of type 2 diabetes.
A "decision cycle" representing a continuum of care for adults with type 2 diabetes throughout their lifetime has been described towards this end. The goals of care, to prevent complications and optimize quality of life, are at the core of this decision cycle.
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