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Developing and Implementing a Quality Measure for Glycemic Control

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00012675
First Posted: March 16, 2001
Last Update Posted: May 24, 2012
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development
  Purpose
Many patients with diabetes are under sub-optimal glycemic control. Central to the clinician's task in improving glycemic control is the management of hypoglycemic medication therapy, including the use of drugs such as insulin and sulfonylureas. Clinical trials have demonstrated that more intensive hypoglycemic medication therapy results in improved glycemic control. Yet quality measures for this critical process of care have not been developed and we know little about how physicians actually manage hypoglycemic medications.

Condition
Diabetes

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Developing and Implementing a Quality Measure for Glycemic Control

Further study details as provided by VA Office of Research and Development:

Enrollment: 0
Study Completion Date: December 2003
Groups/Cohorts
Group 1

Detailed Description:

Background:

Many patients with diabetes are under sub-optimal glycemic control. Central to the clinician's task in improving glycemic control is the management of hypoglycemic medication therapy, including the use of drugs such as insulin and sulfonylureas. Clinical trials have demonstrated that more intensive hypoglycemic medication therapy results in improved glycemic control. Yet quality measures for this critical process of care have not been developed and we know little about how physicians actually manage hypoglycemic medications.

Objectives:

We propose to develop a quality measure that describes the intensity of physicians' hypoglycemic medication therapy. We will then provide feedback to VA physicians regarding their practices and access to experts in diabetes care to determine whether this intervention leads to improvements in glycemic control.

Methods:

The study was divided into two phases. During the first phase we used existing data to model the decision to increase hypoglycemic medications. At each medical visit, we determined whether an increase in medication therapy occurred. We then used recursive partitioning to develop a model that identified patient characteristics at the visit, such as recent laboratory results and diagnoses, associated with the decision to increase therapy. This model assigns a predicted probability of an increase in therapy to each visit. We used these predictions to define an intensity of hypoglycemic medication therapy for each physician that compared the actual to predicted number of increases over all patient-visits. The second phase was a randomized trial in which clinicians at experimental sites receive feedback on performance and access to expert opinion while usual care is provided at control sites. Feedback on performance was provided twice over 6 months. The change in intensity of treatment scores and glycosylated hemoglobin levels pre- and post-intervention at these sites were compared to performance of primary care physicians at control sites not receiving the intervention.

Status:

Completed.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Clinic patients with diabetes

Exclusion Criteria:

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00012675


Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Bedford VA Medical Center
Bedford, Massachusetts, United States, 01730
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Dan R. Berlowitz, MD MPH Bedford VA Medical Center
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