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South Med J. 2002 Jul;95(7):684-90.

Improving glycemic control in adults with diabetes mellitus: shared responsibility in primary care practices.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Primary care physicians provide care for most patients with diabetes mellitus, but few have the resources to achieve the level of glycemic control needed to avert complications

METHODS:

Primary care physicians referred patients with unsatisfactory glycemic control, frequent hypoglycemia, or inadequate self-management to an endocrinologist-directed team of nurse and dietitian educators for a 3-month program of intensive diabetes care. Patients had at least weekly contact with a diabetes educator and received changes in insulin and/or other medication, coupled with extensive individualized instruction. The main outcome measurement was change in glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) level at 3 months.

RESULTS:

The first 350 patients who completed the program had overall mean decrease in HbA1c level of 1.7% (95% CI 1.4%-1.9%).

CONCLUSIONS:

Barriers to improving glycemic control may be overcome by establishment of a system of collaboration between primary care providers and endocrinologist-directed diabetes educators.

PMID:
12144072
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