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Information Prescriptions for people with diabetes

What is an Information Prescription?

Information Prescriptions are a personalised single side of A4 which include easy-to-read explanations, clear images and individual goals to help prevent diabetes health complications. You can ask your healthcare professional about getting one.

They are designed for you to use with your healthcare professional to help you understand and improve your health targets to manage your diabetes. The Information Prescriptions can support you to:

How will my Information Prescription help me?

Talk to your doctor or nurse about getting an Information Prescription. 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.

Why have I been given an Information Prescription?

You have received an Information Prescription to help you manage your diabetes and reduce your risk of complications. Your 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, 817KB).

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, discuss this with your healthcare professional first as not all of the information may be relevant to you.

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