This study aimed to examine the effect of multidisciplinary care plans on provision and outcome of care plans with type 2 diabetes.

Project Status

Completed Projects

Chief Investigators

Elizabeth Comino, Joan Burns, Mark Harris

Other Team Members

Tim Shortus, Sanjyot Vagholkar, Oshana Hermiz, Iqbal Hasan

Rationale

In November 1999, the Australian Governement introduced the Enhanced Primary Care Package including care planning to promote multidisciplinary approach to chronic disease management in primary health care. This study aimed to examine the effect of multidisciplinary care plans on provision and outcome of care plans with type 2 diabetes.

Aim

To evaluate whether multidisciplinary care planning for patients with type 2 diabetes was associated with improved provision of multidisciplinary care: and whether process and outcomes of care were closer to national guidelines for diabetes care following the preparation of the care plan.

Design and Method

A retrospective before and after medical record audit design.

Subjects: All GPs working in South West Sydney were invited to participate. Patients of these GPs were eligible if they had type 2 diabeted diagnosed at least one year before the care plan, had a written care plan and had received care from the GP for at least one year before and after the care plan.

Measures: Main outcome measures included glycoylated haemoglobin (HBA1c), blood pressure, eye, foot, serun lipids, weight and urinary microalbumin checks in the year before and after the care plan.

Key Publications

Zwar NA, Hermiz O, Comino EJ, Shortus T, Burns J, Harris MF. Do multidisciplinary care plans result in better care for type 2 diabetes? Australian Family Physician. 2007; 36: 85-9.

Vagholkar S, Hermiz O, Zwar NA, Shortus T, Harris M. Multidisciplinary care plans for diabetic patients - What do they contain? Australian Family Physician. 2007; 36: 279-82

Contact

Nicholas Zwar Email: n.zwar@unsw.edu.au

Key Partners

The five divisions of general practice in south west Sydney: Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Macarthur and Southern Highlands.

Funding

NHMRC

Project lead centre
GP Unit
Project stream
Prevention and Management of Long Term Conditions
Project start date
2004
Project end date
2005