Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism

ISSN - 2155-6156

Abstract

The Role of Nurses in Diabetes Care in Kuwait: A Review

Muna Alshammari*, Gary Adams, Richard Windle and Dianne Bowskill

The role of nurses in diabetes care in Kuwait has changed remarkably as a result of the increase of the care burden caused by the incidence of long-term diabetic patients. Nurses working in diabetes care play significant roles that are comparable to other health care providers working in diabetes clinics and centres in Kuwait.

While nurses’ roles in diabetes have been clearly established in other parts of the world, nurses’ role in Kuwait are neither fully recognised nor professionally acknowledged. The nurses caring for such patients do not have a special identifying title, or a clear job description that specifies their critical role in diabetes care. This review investigated the Kuwait nurses’ roles in diabetes care and how the performance of their duties affects the perceived quality of the nursing care provided to their diabetic patients.

The significance of this review is that it provides an insight into the possibility of developing a new system of diabetes patient care that could result in patients accessing good quality care. By investigating patients' and nurses' perspectives, this study seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of the influence of the quality of nursing care in managing diabetic patients in Kuwait.

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