The effect of group clinics in the control of diabetes

Cyrus V. Desouza, Lindsey Rentschler, Gleb Haynatzki

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Objectives: Novel interventions are needed for long-term maintenance of diabetes control. We studied the effects of a group diabetes clinic (GDC) on diabetes control when compared to usual care with primary care providers (PCP). Research design/methods: Data from the electronic medical records of 56 patients were collected. Twenty-nine patients were in the group diabetes clinic (GDC) while 27 patients followed with their PCP. Outcome variables, A1c, LDL, and blood pressure (BP) were measured at baseline and every 6 months for a 2 year period. Results: A1c, LDL and BP were no different at the end of 2 years in the GDC cohort and the PCP cohort. Slight upward trend in time was detected for A1c in both groups, but more so in the PCP group. Conclusion: GDC can lead to maintenance of diabetes control in a population with difficult to manage diabetes as effectively as and more efficiently than usual care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-254
Number of pages4
JournalPrimary Care Diabetes
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Diabetes management
  • Group clinics
  • Health care delivery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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