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National Diabetes Education Program

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Practice Team-Based Care

Patient-centered care is an approach to “providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.”[1] In this context, the management of diabetes and comorbidities can be pursued within a multifactor risk reduction framework and can incorporate optimal strategies for the best benefits and outcomes for each person with diabetes.

The patient-centered medical home model encourages a proactive approach to health promotion, disease prevention, and chronic disease management through the development of individualized care plans and effective healthcare team member communication and coordination of care. [2]

This section discusses the benefits of team care and useful resources for effective team building.