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J Med Syst. 1998 Apr;22(2):77-87.

Staged diabetes management: computerizing a disease state management program.

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Becton Dickinson and Co., Franklin Lakes, New Jersey 07417, USA. barry-ginsberg@BDHQ.BD.COM


Recently, the Diabetes Control and Complication Trial (DCCT) and other similar studies have demonstrated that near-normalization of blood glucose in diabetes will reduce complications up to 75% but translation of these results into practice has been difficult. In an attempt to help provide the best possible control of patients with diabetes, we have produced an attempt to help provide the best possible control of patients with diabetes, we have produced a new disease state management system for diabetes, called "Staged Diabetes Management" (SDM), implemented it in over 100 sites worldwide, and developed a computer program to simplify its use. SDM, designed to change the way we deal with patients with diabetes, is based upon five principles: (1) community involvement in setting care guidelines; (2) negotiation of goals with patients; (3) appropriate timelines for therapeutic success; (4) use of flowcharts for medical decisions; and (5) evaluation of the program. SDM is designed to be altered by a community to meet its needs and resources. It encourages primary care physicians to deliver better diabetes care using a team approach and to refer patients with diabetes to specialists when appropriate. It has a complete set of materials for communities, individual health care providers and patients. SDM has been tested for changes in structure, process and outcomes. A meta-analysis of seven clinical trials with over 500 patients has shown a time-weighted average fall in hemoglobin A1c of 1.7 points (equivalent to a drop in mean blood glucose of about 3.5 mM or 60 mg/dL). Preliminary pharmacoeconomic analysis demonstrates a lifetime cost saving of over $27,000 per patient. A computer program has been developed for the Microsoft Windows environment that contains a client-server database, based upon DiabCare, for the data file structure.

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