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

A. Georgiou, J. Burns, S. McKenzie, D. Penn, J. Flack, M. F. Harris*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Volume35
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

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