Research Article

Randomised controlled trial of routine hospital clinic care versus routine general practice care for type II diabetics.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 289 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.289.6447.728 (Published 22 September 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;289:728
  1. T M Hayes,
  2. J Harries

    Abstract

    Two hundred patients with type II diabetes were entered into a randomised controlled trial lasting five years to compare routine care of this condition by a hospital diabetic clinic with routine care in general practice. Fewer patients in the group being cared for by their general practitioner (general practice group) were regularly reviewed or had regular estimations of blood glucose concentration. More patients in the general practice group than in the hospital group were admitted to hospital for medical reasons during the study (25 (24%) compared with 17 (18%] and more patients in the general practice group died (18) than did in the hospital group (6). At the end of the study mean concentrations of haemoglobin A1 were higher in the general practice group (10.4%) than in the hospital group (9.5%). Routine care in general practice for patients with type II diabetes was less satisfactory than care by the hospital diabetic clinic.