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Coordinated care improves outcomes for patients with multiple chronic conditions

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A coordinated, team-based approach to care may help diabetics stay on top their insulin testing and enable them to maintain better control over their condition, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Diabetics often have other chronic conditions, such as depression or heart disease, which can make it difficult to achieve tight control over their symptoms. The researchers from the University of Washington said that these multiple conditions are often treated in isolation, which may prevent individuals from receiving the best care possible.

For the study, the researchers assigned half of their participants to receive standard care for their conditions, while the remaining subjects were given a more team-based approach to care. A nurse was provided to coordinate care between patients' primary care providers and specialists.

The patients who received team-based treatment achieved much better insulin and blood sugar control.

"We are excited about finding a new way to help patients control these chronic diseases, including depression. Then they can get back to enjoying what makes their lives worth living," said Wayne Katon, who led the study.

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