Navigation Links
Primary Care Doctors Meet Needs of Diabetics, Study Says
Date:12/11/2012

TUESDAY, Dec. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care doctors provide superior care for patients with diabetes, according to a new study.

"We found that primary care physicians provide better care to diabetes patients when compared to other providers in a primary care setting because they were more likely to alter medications and consistently provide lifestyle counseling," study senior author Dr. Alexander Turchin, a physician and researcher in the division of endocrinology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, said in a hospital news release.

The study assessed primary care received by more than 27,000 diabetes patients at two academic medical centers. In total, the patients had nearly 585,000 primary care appointments over an average of five years and five months, and 83 percent of those visits were with a primary care doctor. The rest of the visits were with a covering physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

Overall, medication intensification (either having a new medication prescribed or the dose of a current medication increased) occurred in 10 percent of the visits, and lifestyle counseling occurred in 40 percent of the visits.

But the researchers found that the likelihood of medication intensification and lifestyle counseling were much higher when patients saw a primary care doctor than when they saw another health care provider, according to the study published in the Dec. 10 issue of the journal Diabetes Care.

"Access to care is important and covering physicians and other providers play an important role in increasing access, especially in patients with acute complaints," Turchin said. "With growing focus on a team-based approach to practicing medicine, this finding should help guide the development of new models of primary care, especially in the care of diabetes patients."

To help bridge the gaps observed in the study, the researchers recommend better documentation and communication of the treatment plan through electronic medical records to other care providers.

More information

The American Diabetes Association has more about diabetes patients' health care team.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Brigham and Women's Hospital, news release, Dec. 10, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Life-saving primary PCI rising in Stent for Life countries
2. Many Primary Care Docs Dont Know Long-Term Effects of Chemo: Survey
3. Parc at Piedmont - East Cobb to Host Candidate Forum for Primary Elections
4. BMC awarded contract to study validity of primary care drug screening tools
5. Internists praise primary care practices inclusion in CPCI
6. Joint Commission certifies 2 Primary Stroke Centers at Penn Medicine
7. Money key factor in driving med students from primary care careers
8. Debt and income concerns deter medical students from primary care careers
9. International survey: 69 percent of US primary care doctors now have electronic medical records
10. Newly insured patients may have trouble finding primary care physicians
11. Ruling out deep vein thrombosis at the primary care level
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Primary Care Doctors Meet Needs of Diabetics, Study Says
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... As health professionals work to improve their approach to healthcare, there is ... than filling out a survey; in many cases health professionals and patients are working ... and research on the importance of active engagement with patients and members of the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... process to promote standards of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces ... 22 – 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the Law Office of Somekh & Associates ... special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel helps our office remain up to date ... elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. , ElderCounsel was founded by ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is ... vendors and unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will raise funds ... by the VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 (10:00 a.m. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor ... that explains one of the most popular and least understood books in the Holy ... and puzzling descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... Oct. 11, 2017  True Health, a leader ... its effort during National Breast Cancer Awareness month ... risks. Research ... calculated that more than 10 million American women ... in BRCA1 or BRCA2 and have not had testing. ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... Oct. 6, 2017   Provista, a proven ... $100 billion in purchasing power, today announced a new ... The Newsroom is the online home for ... infographics, expert bios, news releases, slideshows and events. ... a wealth of resources at their fingertips, viewers can ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... OBP Medical , a leading ... today announced regulatory approval from Brazil,s ... Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) to market ... with integrated LED light source and smoke evacuation ... of a tissue pocket or cavity during surgical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: