Monitoring change in diabetes care using diabetes registers: experience from divisions of general practice

Georgiou, A., Burns, J., McKenzie, S., Penn, D., Flack, J., and Harris, M.F. (2006) Monitoring change in diabetes care using diabetes registers: experience from divisions of general practice. Australian Family Physician, 35 (1/2). pp. 77-80.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND The quality of care for patients with type 2 diabetes has been the subject of a number of government initiatives over the past decade. General practice has an especially important role in diabetes care.

METHODS The National Integrated Diabetes Program was introduced in 2001. Changes in the frequency of assessment and the physiological markers of diabetic control were assessed in a cohort of 2731 patients with type 2 diabetes from 16 general practice diabetes registers during 2000–2002.

RESULTS Frequency of assessment was better in patients living in low socioeconomic postcodes but did not change significantly over the 3 years. There were improvements in intermediate outcomes (HbA1c, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, lipid levels) over the period.

DISCUSSION These data provide a benchmark for improvement in the quality of diabetes care in general practice.

Item ID: 18232
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Funders: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2011 05:36
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920104 Diabetes @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
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