Type 2 diabetes mellitus is on the rise in the United States. National statistics show that 6.3% of the population currently has diabetes, and this percentage is expected to grow (Seley & Wei, 2005). Recent research has identified a correlation between cardiovascular risk factors and diabetes, complicating the care of those persons with diabetes (PWDs) even further. Due to the complexities of related cardiovascular and other comorbidities, it often has been difficult for the home health clinician to provide comprehensive holistic care to the individual with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This article can assist clinicians from all disciplines in providing evidence-based quality care to the PWDs.
Shelly Luger, RN, BA, BSN, is a community health instructor at Mount Marty College, Yankton, South Dakota and a graduate student at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana.
Arlene J. Chabanuk, MSN, RN, CDE, HCS-D, is Project Coordinator at Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, Boothwyn, Pennsylvania.
Address for correspondence: Shelly Luger, RN, BA, BSN, 1105 West 8th Street, Yankton, SD 57078 (e-mail: email@example.com).
The authors of this article have no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.
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