Diabetes Management Guidelines. Third Edition, 2012 - Fiji
(2012; 52 pages)

Resumen

There was a need to update the Diabetes Management Guidelines in the light of recent developments and the previous guidelines being seven (7) years old. The prevalence of Diabetes has been on the increase in adults in Fiji (from 10% in 1980 to 16% in 2002), hence the added reason to make the guidelines more current, standardized, detailed and user-friendly and available to all health practitioners at all health facilities including the private sector.

The revised Guidelines have been endorsed by the Diabetes Clinical Services Networks which comprises of representatives from all the other eleven clinical services networks.

The plan is to distribute the guidelines to all health facilities and also use it as a tool to create case- discussion especially for difficult to manage patients. It will also help decentralize basic Diabetes management to rural and remote areas and reduce referrals to base hospitals too difficult to manage, serious and complicated cases only. The guidelines are expected to create a network amongst all clinical practitioners for better management and enhanced communication.

The sub-committee has taken pride in presenting the guidelines in a very simple and comprehensible manner taking into account the drugs that are readily available in Fiji. All recommended drug therapies are evidence – based or have universally accepted standards.

These guidelines are produced for all practicing health professional for their use in managing people with diabetes in their everyday provision of care.

The goal is to help people with diabetes control their conditions, avoid or delay complications while enjoying a better quality of life, being able to contribute positively to the community/nation and prevent them dying prematurely.

 
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