Evaluation of glargine group-start sessions in patients with type 2 diabetes as a strategy to deliver the service

A A Tahrani, S Digwood, C Lee, P Moulik

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Improving glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes reduces microvascular complications. The national service framework for diabetes and the new general medical service contract have been aiming to direct more focus on improving HbA1c. These measures have resulted in increasing number of patients being initiated on insulin therapy, which increases the workload of diabetes specialist nurses (DSNs). Initiating insulin on a one-to-one basis is time consuming. As a result DSN-led insulin group-start sessions were introduced. To evaluate DSN-led glargine group-start and self-titration as a strategy of providing service. We assessed the impact of this method on the use of DSNs time, HbA1c and on patients' satisfaction. A prospective audit in a district general hospital. Groups of 5-7 patients received two 2-h sessions at weeks 0 and 2. During these sessions, patients were initiated on insulin glargine and received an educational package and a self-titration protocol. DSNs did not see patients after week 2. Patients were able to phone the DSNs for advice till the end of the titration period. Patients completed Diabetes Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire (DTSQ) at baseline, week 2 and 12 months. Weight and HbA1c were assessed at base line and 12 months later. Twenty-nine consecutive patients were included. Baseline HbA1c improved at 6 months and remained stable at 12 months (medians 10.0, 8.7 and 8.9 respectively, p < 0.001). DTSQ score improved between week 0 and 2 and this was maintained at 12 months (medians 26, 35 and 34 respectively, p < 0.001). After week 2, the DSNs spent a median of 21 min advising patients by phone during the titration period. Weight did not increase significantly. In our centre, DSN-led insulin group-start sessions and self-titration improved glycaemic control. Patients were satisfied with this method of starting insulin. This was achieved with minimal DSNs time and input and proved to be effective, yet less time consuming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-35
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulin
  • Insulin Glargine
  • Insulin, Long-Acting
  • Male
  • Medical Audit
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Prospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Journal Article


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