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For patients, navigating the US health-care system can be difficult due to its complexity. Patients with a multi-layered condition like diabetes can face challenges accessing the full range of health-care providers who are trained and qualified to ensure patients receive the care that best meets their individual needs. However, overcoming barriers and leveraging the right array of health-care providers to cooperatively treat a complicated and prevalent disease state such as diabetes can mean better health maintenance, faster healing, and less discomfort for patients, demonstrating the best offerings of inter-professional, collaborative health-care practice. The proportion of adults reporting barriers to timely primary care has increased over the past decade, according to a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. By Kristin Hellquist, MS, CAE; Ryan Bradley, ND, et al, published in Integrative Medicine, a Clinician’s Journal, Vol. 11, No. 4.
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