Diabetes Care ideally involves a multidisciplinary team approach towards treating the disease. Healthcare professionals function as a team with the patient playing an active role in this collaborative effort. Integrated care involves allocation of time, space and adherence to a standard treatment protocol.
Treatment goals and objectives need to be individualized for each and every diabetic patient, as one size cannot fit all. Patient preferences also need to be considered while deciding the treatment.
We have started the integrated team approach to treating diabetes at Hiranandani Hospital. This is a unique initiative where diabetics are examined by healthcare professionals who include the diabetologist, the dietician and the physiotherapist.
The patient registers for the diabetic clinic. The patent is given appointments for blood investigations as well as consultations and screened by Resident doctor, Dietician/Diabetes Educator.
Doctor examines the patient in detail, and gives appropriate advice. A detailed summary about the further course of action to be followed by the patient is then provided.
The advantages are:
The diabetologist functions as the one-point contact for the patient. He decides the treatment protocol for the patient.
Diet and exercise are the foundation of treatment for diabetes. The dietician designs a diet as per patient preferences to help him control his sugars.
The physiotherapist session arranged time to time helps to design the right exercise regimen for each patient. Every diabetic should preferably do a combination of aerobic and resistance exercises for at least half an hour for five days of the week. The patient’s medical condition and his functional capacity are ascertained before prescribing exercise.
He is also provided with a road map to achieve the target goals for