Group Medical Appointments Effective for Glycemic Control in Diabetes

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More patients who participated in group medical appointments reached target HbA1c levels.
More patients who participated in group medical appointments reached target HbA1c levels.

(HealthDay News) — Medical management delivered via group medical appointments appears to be effective for glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to research published in Diabetes Spectrum.

Cora A. Caballero, NP, from Loma Linda Healthcare System in California, and colleagues conducted an electronic chart review comparing group medical appointments care for 52 male patients with usual primary care for 52 male patients, all with type 2 diabetes. Demographic and health-related variables were analyzed.

The researchers found that the target HbA1c goals were reached by a greater proportion of group medical appointment patients than usual primary care patients (50% vs 19.2%; P=.001). The rate of decline of HbA1c over time was significantly faster for group medical appointment participants vs usual primary care participants (P<.001).

"This study demonstrated that the concept of medical management delivered in a group approach had a positive effect on glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes," the researchers wrote. "GMAs were found to be an effective approach to achieving patient-centered goals for improving the glycemic control of patients with type 2 diabetes."

Reference

  1. Caballero CA, Firek AF, Kashner TM. Effect of Group Medical Appointments on Glycemic Control of Patients With Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Spectr. 2015;28(4):245-251.
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