Six-monthly diabetes monitoring of well-controlled patients: Experiences of primary care providers

Paulien R. Wermeling*, Jolien Janssen, Kees J. Gorter, Joline W.J. Beulens, Guy E.H.M. Rutten

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Aims To examine experiences of primary care providers with six-monthly diabetes monitoring of well-controlled patients. Methods This study was part of the EFFIMODI study, examining whether six-monthly monitoring of well-controlled (HbA1c ≤58 mmol/mol, systolic blood pressure ≤145 mmHg and total cholesterol ≤5.2 mmol/l) type 2 diabetes patients results in equivalent cardiometabolic control compared to three-monthly monitoring. Primary care providers completed a questionnaire about their experiences with six-monthly diabetes monitoring, whether they want to continue six-monthly monitoring and for which type of patients six-monthly monitoring is sufficient. Results Of 163 questionnaires, 157 (96.3%) were completed and returned. Only 14 (8.9%) primary care providers were negative about the six-monthly monitoring and 102 (65.0%) would like to continue six-monthly monitoring. Primary care providers disagreed about patients' ability to determine their own monitoring frequency and whether six-monthly monitoring was suitable for all well-controlled type 2 diabetes patients. Practical concerns emerged such as the inability to declare healthcare costs and the unsuitability of electronic health record systems. Conclusions Almost two out of three primary care providers would like to continue six-monthly monitoring of well-controlled type 2 diabetes patients. However, some diabetes care providers should be convinced and some practical concerns should be solved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-191
Number of pages5
JournalPrimary care diabetes
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013

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