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Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2011 Sep;93(3):379-84. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2011.04.017. Epub 2011 May 26.

Application of Australian clinical management guidelines: the current state of play in a sample of young people living with Type 1 diabetes in the state of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

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Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, 2006, Australia.

Abstract

AIMS:

To describe care provided to a sample of young Australians with Type 1 diabetes, and benchmark this against national guidelines.

METHODS:

158 children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes, aged 8-19 years, were recruited independent of their source of care as part of a three-year longitudinal study. Data were gathered annually regarding type of health-care services attended, demographic, health-care and self-care information. Participants were also telephoned quarterly to ascertain planned and actual attendance to diabetes services, and current diabetes management. A capillary sample was collected annually for HbA1c determination.

RESULTS:

The mean HbA1c of participants was significantly higher than recommended levels. The annual number of visits to diabetes clinics also fell short of the stipulated 3-4 visits a year and less than 25% of participants received care from all recommended multidisciplinary team members. While the majority of care was provided through the publicly funded system, there was an increasing reliance on privately funded psychologists.

CONCLUSION:

Standards of care received by this group of young Australians and levels of glycaemic control fall short of treatment guidelines, highlighting the need to identify ways to ensure equitable access to specialist multidisciplinary care for all young people affected by diabetes.

PMID:
21620509
DOI:
10.1016/j.diabres.2011.04.017
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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