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Von Hubbenet J.,WinDiab Wissenschaftliches Institute der Niedergelassenen Diabetologen | Weber D.,WinDiab Wissenschaftliches Institute der Niedergelassenen Diabetologen | Kaltheuner M.,WinDiab Wissenschaftliches Institute der Niedergelassenen Diabetologen | Krakow D.,WinDiab Wissenschaftliches Institute der Niedergelassenen Diabetologen | And 5 more authors.
Diabetes, Stoffwechsel und Herz | Year: 2010

Aim: People with diabetes are mainly treated by their local general practitioner (GP). If needed, they are referred to a specialized diabetologic practice (SDP). This requires communication between the GP and the SDP to ensure the patient receives optimal treatment. The aim of this study was to determine the amount of info that is being transferred to the SDP of first referral, and if there is any discrepancy between patients who are members of a disease management programme (DMP) and those who are not. Methods: Over a period of 4 weeks, 38 SDPs with a total of 56 diabetologists recorded the information new patients brought with them: current laboratory values, diagnoses, list of medications, treatment instruction and additional information. Results: 925 new patients were documented. This is equivalent to 24.3 ± 14.5 patients per SDP (mean ± SD). 14.6 % had type 1 diabetes and 85.4 % had type 2 diabetes. 51.1 % patients with type 1 diabetes and 71.4 % with type 2 diabetes were in a DMP. The following info were brought by the patients: current laboratory values (57 %), current diagnoses (56.3 %), list of medications (67.9 %), defined treatment suggestions (54.1 %), and additional info (33.3 %). 11.2 % arrived with no information at all. DMP patients came with more info than non-DMP patients. Conclusion: To avoid extra work and additional costs, clearly defined requirements for communication on referrals should be conceived. Source

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