Shared care is increasingly being advocated as a way of managing patients with diabetes.
While this approach has been supported by clinical trials, the success of shared care in'real life'is not well established.
If health care professionals leave undone what they think is done by others, shared care can become neglected care.
Follow up of 200 shared care'patients who had been referred to the Royal Prince Alfred Diabetes Centre, Sydney, Australia on two or more occasions between October 1995 and September 1998 showed that the majority of specialist recommendations regarding metabolic control (76%), referral to an ophthalmologist (73%) and blood pressure treatment (76%) had been implemented by the primary care physician ; however, they were less likely to implement recommendations regarding lipid treatment (55%). The median HbAlc (7.6% vs. 8.4% ; P=0.04), cholesterol (5.6 vs. 6.8 mmol/l ; P=0.0005) and triglyceride (2.0 vs. 2.8 mmol/l ; P=0.05) levels for patients in whom recommendations had been implemented were significantly lower at the time of second referral.
Doctors registered with the Diabetes Shared Care Programme and those who wrote longer letters were more likely to implement recommendations than their counterparts (87.2% versus 70.9% ; X2=4.12,1 df ; P=0.04 and 56 words (inter-quartile range (IQR) : 36-71) versus 45 words (IQR : 23-59) ; P=0.02, respectively).
It therefore appears that diabetes care can be well provided by a shared care approach. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Diabète, Soin intégré, Soin santé primaire, Complication, Prévention, Surveillance biologique, Pratique professionnelle, Etude comparative, Recommandation, Evolution, Australie, Océanie, Adulte, Homme, Personne âgée, Endocrinopathie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Diabetes mellitus, Managed care, Primary health care, Complication, Prevention, Biological monitoring, Professional practice, Comparative study, Recommendation, Evolution, Australia, Oceania, Adult, Human, Elderly, Endocrinopathy
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Cote : 99-0379597
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 22/03/2000.