Consultations in diabetes care with nurse prescribers: patients’ views

Nurses prescribing for people with diabetes do so using the principles of patient-centred care, to the benefit of their patients, according to the conclusion of this study involving interviews with 41 patients with diabetes from the primary care case loads of seven nurse prescribers. Other benefits, for example improved understanding of treatments and conditions and improved self-care, seemed to result from the combination of a person-centred care approach combined with the additional knowledge and abilities of the nurse prescriber. Patients felt that continuity of relationships, flexibility over consultation length, nurses’ interpersonal skills, and specialist diabetes knowledge were all crucial. The authors argue that a number of related aspects of the nurse consultation style are coming together, enhancing patient care – in ways that may improve treatment decisions and adherence.

The extent to which patients wanted information about treatment options, or wanted to be involved in the decisions, varied widely and they were largely happy with the extent of their involvement. The provision of information about possible side effects seemed to be an area of inconsistency, however.

Stenner KL, Courtenay M and Carey N. Consultations between nurse prescribers and patients with diabetes in primary care: a qualitative study of patient views. Int J Nurs Stud 2010; in press. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2010.06.006.