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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 10  |  Page : 3096-3107

Capacity and confidence building for general practitioners on optimum insulin use

1 Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana, India
2 KIMS Hospitals, Minister Road, Secunderabad, Telangana, India
3 Fortis Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
4 Diabetes Care and Research Centre, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
5 Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Abhay Ahluwalia
Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_635_19

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Type 2 diabetes is characterised by a progressive decline in insulin secretion, and sooner or later patients require insulin therapy. However, physicians are reluctant to initiate insulin therapy because of perceived inadequacy in managing insulin therapy, cost and lack of benefits. Experts from across the country met at a workshop during 12th National Insulin Summit which was held in September at Hyderabad and came up with key recommendations to build capacity and confidence in general practitioners for insulin usage. Barriers can be overcome through self-education and training; effective patient education; imparting coping skill training to patients; and bridging gaps to improve adherence. Moreover, optimum insulinization requires knowledge about the available options for initiation and intensification of insulin therapy; various insulin regimens; dosing and titration; and choosing effective and simple insulin therapy as per patient characteristics. Hence, the objective of this review article is to help build capacity and confidence among general practitioners on optimising insulin therapy.

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