Diabetics represent nearly 30% of clients followed at the MHI. Diabetes is recognized as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. As a result, the Diabetes Clinic provides continuity of care for diabetic patients by encouraging them to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle and by optimizing medical treatment.
We therefore aim to:
- Give patients a sense of responsibility in relation to their health and the care they need.
- Optimize compliance with pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments.
- Guide patients and motivate them to adopt a healthy lifestyle through effective strategies that are tailored to each person.
The nurse plays a pivotal role in the clinic by coordinating the interdisciplinary team. This type of approach is the perfect tool to help us reach our goals. Individualized meetings to optimize treatment are organized with the nurse, nutritionist and doctor.
The goal is to make the Diabetes Clinic program a seamless part of the continuity of care provided at the MHI. The clinic team also strives to improve the quality of life of diabetic patients by reducing the likelihood of relapse and rehospitalization from heart disease.
The educational program is therefore designed for all diabetic patients referred by an MHI doctor and who have sub-optimal diabetes control or who have been recently diagnosed with the disease.