Impact of an integrated diabetes service involving specialist outreach and primary health care on risk factors for micro- and macrovascular diabetes complications in remote Indigenous communities in Australia
Cheri Hotu, Marc Remond, Graeme Maguire, Elif Ekinci, Neale Cohen
AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF RURAL HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2018
OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of an integrated diabetes service involving specialist outreach and primary health care teams on risk factors for micro- and macrovascular diabetes complications in three remote Indigenous Australian communities over a 12-month period. DESIGN: Quantitative, retrospective evaluation. SETTING: Primary health care clinics in remote Indigenous communities in Australia. PARTICIPANTS: One-hundred-and-twenty-four adults (including 123 Indigenous Australians; 76.6% female) with diabetes living in remote communities. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Glycosylated haemoglobin, lipid profile, estimated glomerular filtration rate, urinary albumin : creatinine ratio and blood pres..View full abstract
Dr Cheri Hotu received funding for her postdoctoral fellowship from the John T Reid Charitable Trusts. We acknowledge and thank the outreach team of DNE, endocrinologists, administrative staff and the collaborating remote primary health care teams. We also thank Helen Liddle for her contribution to this study.