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Exploring primary care factors that influence diabetes management and care

16 months
Approved budget:
Associate Professor Lynne Chepulis
Associate Professor Ryan Paul
Dr Shemana Cassim
Professor Ross Lawrenson
Associate Professor Rawiri Keenan
Proposal type:
Health Delivery Research Activation Grant
Lay summary
Adult onset type 2 diabetes (T2D) is predominantly managed in primary care, but there is much variability in NZ with regard to the support offered to newly diagnosed patients. These patients need access to relevant health information on diabetes including advice on diet and exercise, appropriate medication and self-management strategies. Those with established diabetes-related damage at diagnosis also need a comprehensive review and appropriate management put in place. This study is designed to evaluate the current variation in primary care services provided for newly diagnosed T2D patients, including access to education, dietetic, psychological and medical support. We also aim to explore the patient voice to determine whether patient needs and expectations are being met. The expectation is that this study will lead to the development of a ‘wraparound’ supportive care package for these patients in future studies.