Type 2 Diabetes Decision Support Tool Available

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Posted on 15 June 2011

A new computerised prescribing decision support tool – designed to assist in the implementation of NICE guidance1,2 for the management of type 2 diabetes in adults in primary care – is now available free to UK healthcare professionals.

Developed at the Department of Medicines Management, Keele University, the user-friendly software delivers individualised prescribing recommendations by cross-referencing patient profiles with multiple treatment algorithms that are built upon NICE guidance. In practice, the practitioner is prompted with a series of multiple choice and closed questions enabling the tool to create an individual patient profile.

The application interrogates the treatment algorithms, and generates an appropriate patient-tailored treatment recommendation. The tool also provides the rationale behind each recommendation, supporting references and related NICE guidance, important management considerations, common treatment side-effects, drug costs and associated recommendations on the management of blood pressure and lipids.

Professor Stephen Chapman, Professor of Prescribing Studies at Keele University said: “With both recent NICE guidance and the growing number of anti-diabetes agents at our disposal we anticipate that this intuitive tool will easily guide the prescriber through what may otherwise be an ever more complex evidence base.”

The tool is also designed to support the consultation process through the use of a novel diabetes ‘dashboard’ visual aid, the incorporation of the UKPDS risk engine and a personalised patient printout summarising the consultation.

Once installed, the tool is kept up-to-date via automatic online updates.

The type 2 diabetes decision support tool is available free to download from http://www.keele.ac.uk/pharmacy/general/pds/products/type2diabetes/. Alternatively, if UK healthcare professionals would like to receive a CD-ROM copy of the decision support tool they can complete a request form at http://www.keele.ac.uk/pharmacy/general/pds/products/ or contact Simon Thomas at Keele University (email: s.thomas@mema.keele.ac.uk; tel: 01782 715458).

Keele would very much appreciate users’ feedback and comments about the Type 2 Diabetes Tool – an online survey is available at http://www.keele.ac.uk/pharmacy/general/pds/products/type2diabetes/.

The Type 2 Diabetes Management Decision Support Tool was developed by Medicines Management, Keele University with the support of a financial grant provided by Takeda UK Ltd. Takeda’s only involvement has been financial. Takeda reviewed the tool for technical accuracy but had no editorial control. The development and content of the tool is the sole responsibility of Medicines management, Keele University.

Further screenshots of the Type 2 Diabetes Management Decision Support Tool are available on request.

For further information please contact:
Simon Thomas tel: 01782 715458
e-mail: s.thomas@mema.keele.ac.uk