Implementation of a Diabetes Management Flow Sheet in a Long-Term Care Setting

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Objectives: Physicians lack clear guidance about adaptation of clinical practice guidelines for elderly institutionalized patients with diabetes. In a large long-term care facility, a diabetes management flow sheet was trialed to determine which clinical parameters were found useful by clinicians in the management of diabetes in that setting. Methods: Clinical practice guidelines for diabetes management were reviewed with attending physicians. Diabetes management flow sheets were distributed for all patients coded as having diabetes on their most recent minimum data sets. After a period of 14months, flow sheet completion rates were ascertained and physicians were surveyed regarding the utility of the flow sheet. Results: Initial flow sheet data were completed in full or in part for only 57% of the 121 study subjects; 39% of the subjects died within 14months. Quarterly follow-up data were completed for 58% of the flow sheets. Conclusions: The diabetes management flow sheet was not found to be useful by attending physicians as a chronic-disease management tool.

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Williams, E., & Curtis, A. (2015). Implementation of a Diabetes Management Flow Sheet in a Long-Term Care Setting. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 39(4), 273–277. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcjd.2014.12.001

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