Information prescriptions - living well

What is an information prescription?

Information prescriptions are designed to give people with diabetes the information they need to understand and improve on their health targets. They are based on the three things a doctor or nurse measures in routine appointments that can put people at high risk of complications:

  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • high HbA1c

We are currently developing four new information prescriptions. We have created an information prescription on diabetes and mood. We know that being diagnosed and living with diabetes can affect people in very different ways. The other information prescriptions will help give you the information and support you need around:

  • having diabetes and becoming pregnant
  • how to keep your kidneys healthy
  • looking after yourself if you have kidney disease

How will my information prescription help me?

Working with your doctor or nurse you can use the information prescription to identify the steps you can take towards a better future with diabetes.

By improving your results and taking control of your diabetes, you can dramatically lower your risk of experiencing complications. It will also help you feel fitter, more energetic and healthier.

See below for links to online videos, tools and information that will help you.

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Why have I been given an information prescription?

If you have received an information prescription it may be because your levels of blood pressure, cholesterol or HbA1c are higher than the recommended limits. You doctor or nurse should make sure the information prescription gives your latest test result and explains what this means.

You can use the information prescriptions with your doctor or nurse to identify the steps you can take towards a better future with diabetes. You should work together to set a personal goal to improve test results – thinking about what, where, when and how.


How do I get my clinician to use these?

Try asking your healthcare professional if they have seen the information prescriptions. If they haven't, send them this short guide to information prescriptions (PDF, 1MB).

It is important to remember that your doctor or nurse will decide if it is appropriate for you to receive an information prescription based on a number of clinical factors. For this reason, people with diabetes shouldn’t assume that all the information applies to them, but discuss it with their healthcare professional first.