Evidence-based research tells us that a quality health system must focus on positive health outcomes and process measures. However, few studies to date have examined the relationship between quality process measures and long-term reductions in disease complications. This recent article published in the American Journal of Managed Care finds that patients with diabetes who received proper and complete testing experienced fewer complications in the long term. In fact, study authors stated that those who showed the fewest complications in the long term were those who were considered sickest at the start of the study. The study used a composite measure approach, where quality of care was measured as patients with diabetes who received all three process measures: glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), lipids, and microalbuminuria.
Process of Care Compliance is Associated with Fewer Diabetes Complicatons
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