Diabetic patient passports up compliance

A roll out of diabetes passports across the UK could boost quality framework scores by improving patient compliance, according to leading diabetes experts.

Latest research has shown that the use of passports could increase the number of patients visiting their GP for HbA1c testing and lower cholesterol levels.

Currently, the quality framework awards GPs three points for recording HbA1c levels and nine points for recording and managing total cholesterol levels to 5mmol/l or less.

For the study, Dutch researchers examined the impact of introducing diabetes passports in a sample of 993 patients with type-2 diabetes.

The passports were used to track results, record treatment targets and provide educational information. They were also used to record medication use, results of laboratory tests and physical examinations.

The number of patients visiting their GP to have their HbA1c levels checked increased by 10 per cent following the introduction of the passports, while the number of patients with a cholesterol level of 5mmol/l or less also increased by 10 per cent.

The passports also improved patient knowledge of diabetes, increased the ability of patients to discuss diabetes matters with their GP and improved personal control of diabetes management.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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