• 26Jul

    Tools to Support Clinical Practice: Diabetes UK information prescriptions

    From Diabetes & Primary Care Journal; Authors: Pam Brown, Jane Diggle, Rezaul Mirza, Amy Rylance; Issue: Vol 20 No 2 2018 Pages: 51-52

    Diabetes UK information prescriptions (IPs) contain personalised easy-to-read explanations, clear images and individual goals to help prevent diabetes health complications. These single-sided A4 sheets are used in clinical appointments. They are built into clinical IT systems, which enables them to be fully integrated with clinical pathways and records. They are designed to give people with diabetes the information they need to understand, engage with and improve on their health targets.healthcare@diabetes.org.uk

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    What is a Diabetes UK information prescription?
    Diabetes UK information prescriptions (IPs) contain personalised easy-to-read explanations, clear images and individual goals to help prevent diabetes health complications. These single-sided A4 sheets are used in clinical appointments. They are built into clinical IT systems, which enables them to be fully integrated with clinical pathways and records. They are designed to give people with diabetes the information they need to understand, engage with and improve on their health targets.

    Why are IPs important?
    Diabetes is a complex and burdensome disease that requires the patient to make numerous decisions about food choices, physical activity and medications every day. The person needs to acquire a number of self-management skills and have sufficient knowledge and insight into his or her condition to make informed decisions.

    IPs are a quick and effective way of engaging people in their diabetes care, increasing understanding and control of their condition. IPs are practical tools that make it easier to have a meaningful conversation with patients about behaviour change.

    Once activated in the clinical IT system, the template is auto-populated with the patient’s personal information and test results, leaving the clinician free to spend the consultation time establishing a shared understanding of what matters to the patient and creating a care plan that empowers him or her.

    How can you access and activate IPs?
    IPs are available within EMIS, Vision and SystmOne. Installation instructions are available at www.diabetes.org.uk/IP-Prof.

    Further information
    You can download activation guides for EMIS Web, Vision and SystmOne or, if your practice uses a different system, information prescriptions from: www.diabetes.org.uk/IP-Prof

    Training is available for practices if you email: healthcare@diabetes.org.uk with details of where you are based and your IT operating system.

    Read more here: https://www.diabetesonthenet.com/journals/issue/473/article-details/diabetes-uk-information-prescriptions