Diabetes Management: Team-Based Care for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes
Description of Resource:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends team-based care to control type 2 diabetes by improving patients’ blood glucose (measured using A1c levels), blood pressure, and lipid levels. Interventions also increase the proportion of patients who reach target blood glucose, blood pressure, and lipid levels. Team-based care is a health systems-level, organizational intervention that assigns a multidisciplinary team to help patients manage their diabetes. Each team includes the patient, the patient's primary care provider (not necessarily a physician), and 1 or more other health professionals. Teams work together to help patients get appropriate medical tests and examinations, use medications to manage and control risk factors, self-manage their health care and adhere to treatment, make healthy behavior and lifestyle choices (e.g., improved diet, increased physical activity, cessation of smoking), and improve their quality of life and prevent diabetes-related complications.