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Volume 23, Number 4 (December)


The ACCORD Trial (pages 6-11)

ACCORD Study Group

The ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) Trial and its substudies aim to discover if tight control of glycemia, blood pressure, and lipids can reduce the risks for cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and retinopathy in people with Type 2 diabetes. The authors describe how you can help some of your patients enroll and receive free treatment and state-of-the-art diabetes care.
Complications and comorbiditiesCardiovascular disease
Management strategies and toolsStrategies for glycemic control

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (pages 12-16)

Jennifer Beach, Pharm.D., and Kam Capoccia, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S.

Variables such as white-coat hypertension and changing blood pressures throughout the day can make spot checks of blood pressure suspect. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, the authors explain, can help both physicians and their patients by providing more reliable data and better predictive value for the treatment of hypertension.
Complications and comorbiditiesCardiovascular diseaseHypertension

Managing Hyperglycemia During Critical Illness (pages 25-33)

Olga V. Sakharova, M.D., Philip A. Goldberg, M.D., and Silvio E. Inzucchi, M.D.

The American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists have each released new guidelines for managing diabetes and hyperglycemia in the hospital. This article explains how to help people with critical illnesses maintain tight glycemic control, which helps reduce morbidity and mortality
Professional guidelines
Management strategies and toolsStrategies for glycemic control

Diabetes and the Risk of Malpractice Suits (pages 34-37)

Howard D. Kolodny, M.D., and Marjorie O. Thomas, M.P.A.

Because diabetes affects a large number of people and has the potential for serious consequences, diabetes care providers would seem to be at increased risk for malpractice suits. The authors explain how integrated care and communication can help reduce your risk and benefit your patients.
Health services and insurance