Research Article

Metabolic control of diabetes in general practice clinics: comparison with a hospital clinic.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 289 doi: (Published 22 September 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;289:726
  1. B M Singh,
  2. M R Holland,
  3. P A Thorn


    An assessment was made of the degree of metabolic control achieved in diabetic patients attending mini clinics run by general practitioners compared with that in matched diabetic patients attending a hospital clinic. Patients were grouped according to whether they were being treated with diet alone, an oral hypoglycaemic, insulin once daily, or insulin twice daily. Statistical analysis showed no significant difference between patients attending mini clinics and those attending the hospital clinic in retrospective mean blood glucose, retrospective mean glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1), or prospective HbA1 concentrations. General practitioners providing diabetic care on an organised basis can achieve a degree of glycaemic control in diabetic patients equal to that reached by a hospital clinic.