Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Nurse Leadership Helps Treatment of Patients With Multiple Conditions | All Sites Nursing News

Team care led by a nurse appears to improve patient outcomes in cases of multiple chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and depression.

Middle-aged patients with multiple conditions who experienced a team treatment approach using evidence-based guidelines improved in blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol control and depression, according to a study in the Dec. 30 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

“Depressed patients with multiple uncontrolled chronic diseases are at high risk of heart attack, stroke and other complications,” said lead study author Wayne J. Katon, MD, vice chairman of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. “We are excited about finding a new way to help patients control these chronic diseases, including depression.”

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