Guidelines for the Management of Diabetes in Primary Care in the Caribbean
The Caribbean Public Health Agency teamed up with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States to review and update the CARPHA Guidelines on the Management of Diabetes in Primary Care in the Caribbean. These guidelines provide a strategic approach to improving diabetes health outcomes, by presenting simple directives on key aspects of care for persons with diabetes (PWD). It will also support the efforts of Ministries of Health, to strengthen and standardise the management of diabetes in primary care and improve outcomes in care of diabetes, regionally.
Module 1: Evidence-Based Treatment Protocols for Diabetes is intended for primary care physicians, nurse-practitioners and any other health care provider who is directly involved in the medical management of diabetes. It provides updated algorithms on care, incorporating the most recent recommendations in the care of diabetes.
Module 2: Healthy Lifestyle Counselling is Intended for all persons on the health team, who provide care and lifestyle-counselling to persons living with diabetes (PWD). It is specifically geared toward physicians, dietitians, nutritionists, nurses, community aides and home-help. This module covers all aspects of lifestyle that directly impact target outcomes. Therefore, diet, physical activity, weight management and mental health are addressed in this module.
Module 3: Guidance for Persons With Diabetes (PwD) & Caregivers aims to inform to persons living with diabetes (PWD) and all persons involved in their care, with or without a medical or health care background. This module should be particularly useful to community nurses, home-help, community aides, and other community caregivers,
Module 4: Access to Essential Diabetic Medicines provides information on the various classes of medicine available for care of diabetes, issues related to their availability, as well as the risks, benefits and cautions that should be considered in their use.
Module 5: Systems for Monitoring focuses on monitoring and reporting information on the prevention and management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, and the implementation of the guidelines using standardised indicators and data collection tools.