Recently, we partnered with Diabetes Australia to create a range of National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) Information Prescription templates available in Bp Premier’s Word Processor.
To help raise awareness among GPs and Practices, and to help you get started, we’ve created an overview below of each of these new templates. Each NDSS Information Prescription template in Bp Premier is available for free, you will just need to run the August Data Update if you haven’t already. Links to do so are available on our downloads page.
What Are Information Prescriptions in Bp Premier?
Information Prescriptions are templates which can be personalised to specific patients. They are easy to read and have individual goals to help prevent health complications.
In the case of these new Information Prescriptions, they are designed to give people with diabetes the information that they need to understand, engage with, and improve on their health targets.
NDSS Information Prescriptions Available in Bp Premier
There are ten different Information Prescriptions available that we’ve added to Bp Premier in partnership with Diabetes Australia. Three core prescriptions focus on blood pressure, cholesterol and HbA1c. They focus on the three key health markers that influence someone’s risk of complications, where less than 50% of people with diabetes achieve the RACGP recommended targets.
The ten Information Prescriptions available are:
- Diabetes and your cholesterol
- Diabetes and your feet low risk
- Diabetes and your feet moderate or high risk
- Diabetes – keeping your kidneys healthy
- Diabetes and kidney disease
- Diabetes, contraception and pregnancy
- Improving your diabetes knowledge
- Diabetes and your blood pressure
- Diabetes and your HbA1c
- My emotions and diabetes
Each of these Information Prescriptions allow health professionals to record personalised information and test results, set individual goals to improve diabetes management, can be used to support the annual diabetes cycle of care, and are useful in quality improvement activities.
Each template is designed to support care planning. Health professionals can use the Information Prescription to engage with the person with diabetes and record personalised goals and give them a resource to take home and use.
Diabetes and Your Cholesterol
This Information Prescription in Bp Premier explains what cholesterol is, and why it’s important to manage. Practitioners can record recent cholesterol results, discuss documented strategies with patients to guide improvements, and provides a placeholder for documenting and setting health activities or goals for the patient to work towards.
Diabetes and Your Feet - Low Risk
This Information Prescription describes why footcare is particularly important for people living with diabetes. It explains how damage can occur and provides strategies to use to maintain healthy feet. It gives you the opportunity to discuss the documented strategies to maintain healthy, low risk feet and set two health activities or goals the person can work towards.
Diabetes and Your Feet - Medium to High Risk
This Information Prescription identifies why it is important to manage foot care and helps explain the higher risk to persons living with diabetes. It also provides a link for health professionals to access up-to-date information at footforward.org.au. It gives practitioners the opportunity to discuss documented strategies to maintain healthy feet, and set health activities or goals for the patient.
Diabetes - Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy
This Information Prescription explains how kidneys can be affected by diabetes and strategies that promote healthy kidneys. It explains the role of blood and urine checks and the importance of having regular screening. It equips practitioners for discussing strategies to maintain healthy kidneys, providing an area to document health activities or goals the patient can work towards.
Diabetes and Kidney Disease
This Information Prescription explains how kidneys can be affected by diabetes as kidney disease progresses and strategies that promote healthy kidneys. It explains the role of blood and urine checks and the importance of having regular screening. It prompts consideration for management issues including blood pressure targets and medication review. It aids practitioners in discussing strategies to improve kidney health, with a spot to record health activities or goals the person can work towards.
Diabetes, Contraception and Pregnancy
This Information Prescription explains the importance of planning for pregnancy and preparing for a healthy pregnancy with diabetes. It prompts consideration for management issues including medication review and screening needed prior to pregnancy. It also prompts referral to the diabetes health care team and equips practitioners with documented strategies to consider, with space for goal setting.
Improving Your Diabetes Knowledge
This template explains the importance of understanding what diabetes is and how it can affect the body. It promotes the benefit of accessing reliable information to make healthy lifestyle choices, with guidance on when and where to seek support, like referral to the diabetes health care team. It supports practitioners with strategies to consider, with space for personalised goal setting for the patient.
Diabetes and Your Blood Pressure
Diabetes and Your HbA1c
This Information Prescription explains what HbA1c is and its importance in the of managing glucose levels and reducing the risk of diabetes related complications. The template prompts consideration for management issues including medication review, enabling practitioners to set individualised targets for patients, while providing documented healthcare strategies to discuss with patients.
My Emotions and Diabetes
It provides steps to discuss with patients to promote wellbeing, while facilitating the opportunity to discuss documented strategies and set goals with patients.
Each NDSS Information Prescription in Bp Premier is an invaluable tool that health professionals can utilise to empower people living with diabetes, to monitor their own condition and set goals for proactive self-care.
A more thorough overview on Information Prescriptions, including an overview for health professionals, is available on the NDSS Information Prescriptions page.
For more information on the NDSS and the work they do, you can visit their website here.