Table 1. Physician Specialty and Glycemic Control: Summary Findings
|Hayward RA, Manning WG, Kaplan SH, et al. Starting insulin therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes. JAMA 1997; 278(20):1663-9.
||8,868 type 2 diabetics
2 years after initiation of insulin:
- Over 60 percent of patients were >8 percent.
|Bernard AM, Anderson L, Cook CB, et al. What do internal medicine residents need to enhance their diabetes care? Diabetes Care 1999; 22(5):661-6.
||140 diabetics (31 type 1, 109 type 2)
||Internal medicine residents
After 12 months:
- 50 percent of patients were >8 percent.
|Greenfield S, Rogers W, Mangotich M, et al. Outcomes of patients with hypertension and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus treated by different systems and specialties. Results from the Medical Outcomes Study. JAMA 1995; 274(18):1436-44
||170 type 2 diabetics
After 2 years, all patients averaged:
- General internists: 9.7 percent.
- Family physicians: 9.3 percent.
- Endocrinologists: 9.3 percent.
Note: According to the American Diabetes Association, an HbA1c value of 4-6 percent is considered normal. This value is an approximation and may vary depending
upon expert opinion.
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