Utilisation of general practitioner services and achievement of guideline targets by people with diabetes who joined a peer-support program in Victoria, Australia

Rawal, Lal B., Wolfe, Rory, Joyce, Catherine, Riddell, Michaela, Dunbar, James A., Li, Hang and Oldenburg, Brian 2014, Utilisation of general practitioner services and achievement of guideline targets by people with diabetes who joined a peer-support program in Victoria, Australia, Australian journal of primary health, vol. Online early, pp. 1-9.

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Title Utilisation of general practitioner services and achievement of guideline targets by people with diabetes who joined a peer-support program in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Rawal, Lal B.
Wolfe, Rory
Joyce, Catherine
Riddell, Michaela
Dunbar, James A.
Li, Hang
Oldenburg, Brian
Journal name Australian journal of primary health
Volume number Online early
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1448-7527
Keyword(s) diabetes management
regional
urban
Summary This paper describes the use of general practitioner (GP) services and achievement of guideline targets by 285 adults with type 2 diabetes in urban and regional areas of Victoria, Australia. Anthropometric and biomedical measures and responses to a self-administered questionnaire were collected. Findings indicate that almost all participants had visited a GP and had had their hypoglycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) measured in the past 6 months; less than one-third had visited a practice nurse. Fifty per cent achieved a HbA1c target of ≤7.0%; 40%, a total cholesterol ≤4.00 mmol/L; 39%, BP Systolic ≤130 mmHg; 51%, BP Diastolic ≤80 mmHg; 15%, body mass index ≤25 kg/m2; and 34% reported a moderately intense level of physical activity, that is, ≥30 min, 5 days a week. However, 39% of individuals achieved at least two targets and 18% achieved at least three of these guideline targets. Regional participants were more likely to report having a management plan and having visited a practice nurse, but they were less likely to have visited other health professionals. Therefore, a more sustained effort that also includes collaborative care approaches is required to improve the management of diabetes in Australia.
Language eng
Field of Research 111717 Primary Health Care
Socio Economic Objective 920104 Diabetes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Restricted until 2015-01-13
Copyright notice ©2014, CSIRO Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063363

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