Author(s): VidalPardo JI, PrezCastro TR, Lpezlvarez XL, SantiagoPrez MI, GarcaSoidn FJ,
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Abstract AIM: To evaluate the effect of an educational intervention among primary care physicians on several indicators of good clinical practice in diabetes care. METHODS: Two groups of physicians were randomly assigned to the intervention or control group (IG and CG). Every physician randomly selected two samples of patients from all type 2 diabetic patients aged 40 years and above and diagnosed more than a year ago. Baseline and final information were collected cross-sectionally 12 months apart, in two independent samples of 30 patients per physician. The educational intervention comprised: distribution of educational materials and physicians' specific bench-marking information, an on-line course and three on-site educational workshops on diabetes. External observers collected information directly from the physicians and from the medical records of the patients on personal and family history of disease and on the evolution and treatment of their disease. Baseline information was collected retrospectively in the control group. RESULTS: Intervention group comprised 53 physicians who included a total of 3018 patients in the baseline and final evaluations. CG comprised 50 physicians who included 2868 patients in the same evaluations. Measurement of micro-albuminuria in the last 12 months (OR = 1.6, 95\% CI: 1.1-2.4) and foot examination in the last year (OR = 2.0, 95\% CI: 1.1-3.6) were the indicators for which greater improvement was found in the IG. No other indicator considered showed statistically significant improvement between groups. CONCLUSIONS: The identification of indicators with very low level of compliance and the implementation of a simple intervention in physicians to correct them is effective in improving the quality of care of diabetic patients. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
This article was published in Int J Clin Pract
and referenced in Primary Healthcare: Open Access