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Morel K.,University of Sussex | Colclough K.,Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Healthcare Trust | Vaughan N.,University of Sussex | Shepherd M.,Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Healthcare Trust | Shepherd M.,NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility
Journal of Diabetes Nursing

Monogenic diabetes is poorly recognised but identification is important as many people may be successfully managed with sulphonylureas rather than insulin (Pearson et al, 2000; Stride and Hattersley, 2002; Pearson et al, 2003; Shepherd et al, 2003; Hattersley, 2005). Ensuring the correct diagnosis also allows appropriate follow up and counselling of family members (Shepherd et al, 2010). The Genetic Diabetes Nurse (GDN) project was set up in 2002 to increase awareness of monogenic diabetes (Dudding et al, 2005; Shepherd et al, 2005) and prior to the appointment of a GDN for Sussex in 2005, only one person had a confirmed diagnosis of monogenic diabetes in the Brighton and Hove area. This paper describes how training a GDN improved care through the identification of 54 people with monogenic diabetes and the establishment of a specialist clinic. Source

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