Insulin initiation among adults and children with diabetes in the United Kingdom

Davis, R.E., Lowes, L., Cardock, S., Dromgoole, P. and McDowell, J. (2006) Insulin initiation among adults and children with diabetes in the United Kingdom. Practical Diabetes International, 23(4), pp. 171-174. (doi:10.1002/pdi.937)

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Abstract

There is no doubt that insulin therapy is effective in the management of people with diabetes. Indications for the use of insulin are agreed, but wide variations exist in the practice of starting people with diabetes on insulin. Current health care practices in the United Kingdom are increasingly being based on scientific evidence. This literature review concentrates on current insulin initiation practice, examining the evidence base for the insulin regimens used, the process for determining starting doses and the decision making process involved. It concludes that there are wide variations in practice among the multidisciplinary team and that there is little published regarding the commencement of people with type 2 diabetes on insulin. It is likely that custom and habit still play a large role in current practice.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McDowell, Dr Joan
Authors: Davis, R.E., Lowes, L., Cardock, S., Dromgoole, P., and McDowell, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Research Group:UK Insulin Initiation Study Group (UKIIS)
Journal Name:Practical Diabetes International
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISSN:1357-8170
ISSN (Online):1528-252X
Published Online:13 June 2006

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