Quality Clinics Improve Diabetes Management
A groundbreaking study led by Professor Kim Dae-jung of Ajou University Hospital’s Endocrinology and Metabolism Department has found that diabetes patients under the care of clinics rated ‘good’ by South Korea’s Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service (HIRA) have a more effective management of their condition. Published in the international academic journal Diabetes Care, the research scrutinized the medical records of nearly 400,000 diabetes patients from 2012 to May 2021.
Unveiling the Correlation
The study meticulously examined the occurrence of complications and mortality among the patients. It revealed that those who met key indicators such as regular outpatient visits, medication adherence, glycated hemoglobin and lipid testing, and retinal exams had markedly lower risks of complications. These complications included diabetic retinopathy, end-stage renal failure, lower limb amputation, myocardial infarction, stroke, and overall mortality. The research also underscored that continuous medication prescription was a pivotal factor in managing diabetes.
Efforts Towards Quality Diabetes Care
Since 2011, the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the HIRA have been assessing the quality of diabetes care in local clinics to enhance management and reduce complications. The evaluation indicators include regular outpatient care, medication adherence, regular glycated hemoglobin and lipid tests, retinal exams, and recently added screening for diabetic nephropathy. Details of ‘good’ clinics are available on the HIRA website.
Reiterating the Importance of Primary Care
Professor Kim stressed the need for primary care in regular screening and management of diabetes patients to prevent complications and fatalities. The findings highlight that receiving treatment from clinics recognized for their good practices can significantly help in managing diabetes and reducing risks associated with the disease.
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