Sharing the care of diabetic patients between hospital and general practitioners: does it work?

Diabet Med. Jan-Feb 1993;10(1):81-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.1993.tb02001.x.


A randomized controlled trial was conducted to compare three forms of diabetes follow-up: (1) general practitioner care, (2) a system of care shared between the general practitioner (GP) and clinic and (3) conventional clinic care. Two hundred and six diabetic patients without significant diabetes-related or other medical complications were randomized to one of these follow-up systems. Metabolic control and blood pressure improved significantly and equally in all three groups (p < 0.05). The shared care group performed as well as or better than either of the other two groups in all other outcome measures. In particular, final attendance rates were 72% for shared care compared with only 35% for GP care and 53% for clinic care. Data collection rates for shared care were comparable with the clinic group for random blood glucose (88.9% vs 95.1%), weight (93.5% vs 98.3%), and blood pressure (94.8% vs 92.7%). Only in the case of glycosylated haemoglobin did shared care have poorer data collection (66.0% vs 98.4%). In all these parameters, except blood pressure, shared care out-performed the GP group. We conclude that with adequate support from and communication with hospital-based diabetes services, GPs are capable of providing care appropriate to the needs of uncomplicated diabetic patients.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Weight
  • Diabetes Mellitus / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus / physiopathology
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
  • Family Practice*
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / analysis
  • Hospitals, Teaching
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • New South Wales
  • Outpatient Clinics, Hospital*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Glycated Hemoglobin A