Team care is a key component of health care reform initiatives that incorporate an integrated health care delivery system, especially those initiatives for chronic disease prevention and management. A team approach to diabetes care can help reduce risk factors for type 2 diabetes, improve diabetes management, and lower the risk for complications. Health care professionals and health organizations can take steps to improve the health of people with diabetes by expanding team care.
To encourage and support a multidisciplinary approach to diabetes care, the National Diabetes Education Program* (NDEP) has released its guide, Redesigning the Health Care Team: Diabetes Prevention and Lifelong Management. It presents practical resources to help health care professionals and organizations implement collaborative, multidisciplinary team care for adults and children with diabetes in a variety of settings.
The guide also contains:
- Evidence that supports team care as a component of effective diabetes management
- Steps for forming and maintaining a successful team
- Case studies demonstrating real-world team care in traditional and nontraditional settings
The Team Care guide can be downloaded from the NDEP website by visiting www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/TeamCare free of charge. It also can be ordered by phone by calling 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337), TTY: 1-866-569-1162.