General practice management of type 2 diabetes


1. Introduction
     How to use these guidelines
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These guidelines have been designed to provide pragmatic, evidence based recommendations for use in general practice, and adopt the most recent recommendations from organisations including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other relevant sources. The recommendations tables include the reference or source of each recommendation, and the grade of recommendation. In cases where these are not available or current, results of systematic reviews and primary research studies have been considered to formulate the overall recommendation.

References to support these recommendations are included.

In each section, where possible, information is presented as:

  • recommendations
  • clinical context (or what you need to know)
  • in practice (or what you can do).

Information specific to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is highlighted in boxed text. Recommendations in some areas are different for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. It is therefore important to identify, record and report the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status of patients.

The RACGP has a position paper outlining the processes of identification. Refer to Summary, explanation and source of recommendations.

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