Clinical Practice: Guideline Evaluation of Medication for Type 2 Diabetes

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For this evaluation of a clinical practice guideline I chose to evaluate a guideline that was published in 2012 and that addressed the use of oral medication in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes (Appendix B). People who have received a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) are facing a long term treatment plan. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disorder that results from a problem with insulin in the body. T2DM is growing in prevalence and is a cause for concern. There are several co-morbidities that can be linked to poorly controlled blood sugar levels such as cardiovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, renal failure, and a decrease in eyesight. If blood sugar levels can be maintained at a normal to near normal limits the patient has a decreased risk of experiencing these comorbidities. Because of this it is important for the healthcare practitioner to evaluate all treatment methods available and the evidence that supports the efficacy of recommending this treatment to our patients. I used the AGREE II tool in evaluation of this guideline (Appendix A). R...

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