Chronic heart failure

December 2010

Professional

GPs with special interests

Impacting on complex diabetes care

Volume 39, No.12, December 2010 Pages 972-974

Claire Jackson

Jane Tsai

Cathy Brown

Deborah A Askew

Anthony Russell

Background

The growing prevalence and impact of type 2 diabetes mellitus is of international concern.

Objective/s

This article describes an innovative model of complex diabetes care, delivered by advanced skill general practitioners supported by an endocrinologist and diabetes educator within a general practice setting.

Discussion

Initial evaluation suggests a trend to better glycaemic control compared with the alternative available hospital outpatient care at a reduced delivery cost. A futuristic, integrated community/specialist model, delivered within a general practice setting, can deliver significant gains for Australians who have complex type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The personal, health system and economic costs of the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus is of national and international concern.1,2 Despite significant efforts from health authorities, government, clinician groups and communities over the past decade, its prevalence and consequent impact on the healthcare system continues to grow.3

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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