The Utrecht Diabetes Project (UDP) is a shared-care project providing remote diabetologist support for 85 GPs. In the UDP all examinations, performed by the GP, follow standardized procedures, results being sent to the diabetologist. Laboratory results are sent automatically to both GP and diabetologist.
Aims: To study the composition of the UDP population; completeness of data recording; changes in biochemical variables of UDP patients; and GPs' motives for enrolling them.
Methods: Data were extracted from the records of 19 GPs and a questionnaire was sent to all UDP GPs.
Results: Of 770 patients with Type 2 diabetes, 44% were treated with UDP support, 29% by their GPs alone, and 27% at out-patient clinics. The 336 UDP patients were representative of all UDP patients. Patients older than 75 years were the greater part of those treated by GPs alone; out-patient clinics had more patients with diabetes > 10 years or with complications. UDP patients' records were the most complete. Diabetes regulation, lipid levels and diastolic blood pressure in the UDP patients improved significantly after inclusion in the UDP. GPs tend to seek UDP aid especially for patients who are young, or of recent onset, at risk of macrovascular complications, or needing insulin.
Conclusions: Standardized data transfer between GP, diabetologist and laboratory might establish an effective infrastructure for shared diabetes care. Diabet. Med. 18, 459-463 (2001)