Washington: A study conducted in veterans found that the program for diabetes self-management not only shortens the wait to talk to a physician specialist versus an in-version visit but also results in patients with type 2 diabetes having comparable improvements in blood glucose ( sugar) control to patients receiving traditional care finds.
The “telediabetes” program at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Pittsburg Healthcare System, where the study took place, merges an electronic consultation, or e-consult, from an endocrinologist specializing in diabetes with ongoing telephone-based care, said senior investigator Archana Bandi. Unlike a typical e-consult meant to be a one-time recommendation, this program provides team-based care with follow-up.
A nurse on the diabetes care team monitors the patient’s progress via phone calls over the next three to six months. The primary care provider obtains all needed laboratory tests and makes recommended changes in therapeautic regimen. Paients are also offered ancillary services such as nutrition counseling and diabetes education services close to home.