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Br J Gen Pract. 1993 Feb;43(367):65-9.

Care of diabetic patients in hospital clinics and general practice clinics: a study in Dudley.

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Diabetes Resources Centre, Wordsley Hospital, West Midlands.

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  • Br J Gen Pract 1993 Apr;43(369):163.


A five year retrospective casenote review was undertaken of 452 patients attending 11 different general practice diabetic clinics, and 506 patients attending a diabetic clinic at hospital A and 210 patients attending a diabetic clinic at hospital B. The populations attending the clinics, the degree of glycaemic control achieved and the monitoring for the development of diabetic complications were investigated. Insulin dependent patients comprised 57.9% of patients attending the diabetic clinic at hospital A, 35.7% at hospital B and 25.0% of patients attending the diabetic clinics at general practices. Of these 55.6%, 37.3% and 30.1% respectively received multiple daily insulin injections. Hospital A had a higher proportion of patients under 40 years old than hospital B or the general practice clinics. The ages of diabetic patients attending the general practice diabetic clinics were broadly similar to those attending hospital B. Significantly more general practice patients, both insulin and non-insulin dependent, had a mean blood glucose level of less than 11 mmol l-1 compared with patients attending clinics at hospitals A and B (P < 0.001). Glycosylated haemoglobin levels did not differ between patients attending hospital A and the general practice clinics. More non-insulin dependent and insulin dependent diabetic patients attending the general practice clinics and hospital A had been monitored satisfactorily for diabetic retinopathy (general practice clinic 68.8% and 39.7% respectively, hospital A 61.7% and 43.5%) than at hospital B (43.0% and 19.4%). Referral rates among all groups for ophthalmological assessment were similar.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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