Aims: The Associazione Medici Diabetologi-annals initiative is a physician-led quality-of-care improvement scheme that has been shown to improve HbA1c concentration, blood pressure, lipid profiles and BMI in enrolled people with Type 2 diabetes. The present analysis investigated the long-term cost-effectiveness of enrolling people with Type 2 diabetes in the Associazione Medici Diabetologi-annals initiative compared with conventional management.
Methods: Long-term projections of clinical outcomes and direct costs (in 2010 Euros) were made using a published and validated model of Type 2 diabetes in people with Type 2 diabetes who were either enrolled in the Associazione Medici Diabetologi-annals initiative or who were receiving conventional management. Treatment effects were based on mean changes from baseline seen at 5 years after enrolment in the scheme. Costs and clinical outcomes were discounted at 3% per annum.
Results: The Associazione Medici Diabetologi-annals initiative was associated with improvements in mean discounted life expectancy and quality-adjusted life expectancy of 0.55 years (95% CI 0.54-0.57) years and 0.48 quality-adjusted life years (95% CI 0.46-0.49), respectively, compared with conventional management. Whilst treatment costs were higher in the Associazione Medici Diabetologi-annals arm, this was offset by savings as a result of the reduced incidence and treatment of diabetes-related complications. The Associazione Medici Diabetologi-annals initiative was found to be cost-saving over patient lifetimes compared with conventional management [€ 37,289 (95% CI 37,205-37,372) vs € 41,075 (95% CI 40,956-41,155)].
Conclusions: Long-term projections indicate that the physician-led Associazione Medici Diabetologi-annals initiative represents a cost-saving method of improving long-term clinical outcomes compared with conventional management of people with Type 2 diabetes in Italy.
© 2013 The Authors. Diabetic Medicine © 2013 Diabetes UK.