Center for Clinical Translational Research
Current CTR Studies
Coordinated Office Approach to Diabetes CareStudies have demonstrated that a coordinated disease management approach to diabetes can prevent the progression of diabetes related complications. However, implementation of well defined guidelines for health care systems and health care providers for the early detection of diabetes complications has been suboptimal.
Barriers to success occur at multiple levels, including health care systems, health care providers and patients. In rural regions of the U.S., reduced availability of primary care providers and specialty services, including diabetes education, present additional barriers to effective diabetes care.
In the coordinated office approach to diabetes care, clearly defined tasks for monitoring and documenting diabetes preventive services are distributed among the primary care provider, nursing staff, and reception office staff. This should help "standardize" diabetes preventive care. To achieve this, four Diabetes Preventive Service Modules based on best practice guidelines have been developed and implemented. Each module addresses a key diabetes complication area (vascular, eye, renal, and foot), identifies clearly defined tasks for office staff and providers, and has a patient education component.The goals of this project include:
This is an 18-month project funded by the Agency for Healthcare, Research and Quality (AHRQ)