alexa Abstract | The role of the APO method in improving diabetes care in general practice: the results of a Danish prospective multipractice audit circle

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Aim To describe and improve the quality of diabetes care in general practice.Setting General practices in Ribe County, Denmark.Design and methods A medical two pass multipractice audit circle including feedback and continuing medical education following the principles of the Audit Project Odense (APO) method. The intervention was aimed at improving the delivery of diabetes care in general practice, with focus on performance of clinical measurements, laboratory tests and referral of patients with diabetes to treatment and control by specialists.Results Delivery of diabetes care in general practice has not always met standards of care and variation between general  practitioners is wide. Completion of the APO circle signiŽ cantly increased the relative frequency of HbA1C testing from 52% to 67%,albumine-to-creatinine ratio testing from 6% to 15% and the use of microalbumin dipstick from 6% to 17% per general practitioner. Referral of patients to treatment and control by ophthalmologists, endocrinologists in diabetes outpatient clinics or chiropodists was signiŽ cantly increased from 48% to 56%, from 2% to 11% and from 5% to 24%, respectively.Conclusion Performance of diabetes care in general practice is highly variable and leaves room for quality improvement. Standards of diabetes care can be improved by a combination of audit, feedback and prolonged medical education following the principles of the Audit Project Odense (APO) method.

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Author(s): Christel N Hansen


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