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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Specialist Nurses in Diabetes Mellitus

Description of Resource: 
A key goal in diabetes care is helping enable people to self-manage their diabetes. Specialist diabetes nurses provide education and support services to people with diabetes in many health care systems. However, this review of trials found no strong evidence of benefit of care from specialist diabetes nurses for adolescents and adults with diabetes. Although there may be short-term benefits, care from specialist nurses has not been shown to result in long-term improvements. People receiving care from diabetes nurses do not appear to have improved health when compared with people who receive usual care with no specialist nursing input in hospital clinics or primary care settings.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Library
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
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Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Loveman E, Royle P, Waugh N. Specialist nurses in diabetes mellitus. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2003, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD003286. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003286. Available from: