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Understanding issues involved in the transfer of diabetes care to general practice the patient perspective

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Quality in Primary Care 2006;14:247–52 # 2006 Radcliffe Publishing Patient perspective Understanding issues involved in the transfer of diabetes care to general practice: the patient perspective Maxine Johnson RGN BSc (Hons) MSc Research Associate Wendy Baird PhD Lecturer in Health Services Research Elizabeth Goyder MRCGP MFPH Senior Clinical Lecturer in Public Health School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield, UK ABSTRACT Background A service innovation was introduced in six Sheffield general practices with patient populations ranging from 2981 to 8511 to deliver a new model of integrated diabetes care in a primary care setting. Within the model, practices collaborated with specialist services, which provided training and advice to general practitioners and practice nurses, so that patients with type 2 diabetes could receive diabetes monitoring, treatment and self-management support from their general practice team rather than a hospital-based team. Aim To explore the views and experiences of patients with type 2 diabetes whose diabetes care, with consent, had been transferred from the hospital clinic to the patient’s general practice. Setting and participants Four of the participating practices agreed to take part in the study. A total of 49 patients with type 2 diabetes, diagnosed between 3 and 16 years previously, whose diabetes support had moved to primary care, were approached by practice staff to take part in the interviews. Me ...
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