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In conjunction with World Diabetes Day, NUHS shared several of its initiatives across its member institutions to improve diabetes care. One of them is the Year of Care programme, which involved transforming consultations into meaningful dialogues to motivate diabetes patients to self-manage their condition. Patients will also receive their test results prior to appointment, enabling them to take control of their lifestyle habits. Since being piloted at NUH in 2018, the programme yielded positive results which was shared during the NUHS media briefing last week.
The same model of patient care is also being carried out at the polyclinics setting. NUP has rolled out a trial, in which patients at two polyclinics will receive their test results prior to consultation and be empowered to self-manage diabetes. NUP will review the success of the trial before a possible expansion to all six of its polyclinics.
In addition, NUHS is also helping general practitioners (GPs) to improve their clinical outcomes through a programme that allows the GP clinics, which usually operate in silos, to keep track of patients’ progress and compare the data with other clinics. The GPs can also share with one another the problems they face and work together to resolve them.
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