Patients should always be at the heart of everything we do in medical education. Mapping patient pathways is one of the most important elements of patient-centricity.
Patient-centricity, while implied, has been underserved in medical education. Recently we put our minds to resolving this and developed an online educational format focusing on real-life interactions between healthcare professionals (HCPs) and their patients in a multidisciplinary team (MDT) setting.
For patients with diabetes, many HCPs are involved in planning patient management, with the patient at the heart of any decisions. You only need look at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) pathways in adult Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) to see how many specialists are involved, including the diabetologist, dietitian, podiatrist, ophthalmologist, urologist and specialist nurse.
Dr Sarah Ali, Consultant Diabetologist at Royal Free Hospital, London said: “The MDT is integral to diabetes management. With the person living with diabetes at the centre of this team, the other MD team members bring together their varied skills and expertise to enhance diabetes care at every step, as well as focusing on the changing needs of that person throughout their health journey.”