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A randomised controlled trial of a patient based Diabetes recall andManagement system: The DREAM trial: A study protocol [ISRCTN32042030]

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Martin Eccles, Dr Gillian Hawthorne, Dr Paula Whitty, Dr Nick Steen, Alessandra Vanoli, Professor Jeremy Grimshaw



Background: Whilst there is broad agreement on what constitutes high quality health care for people with diabetes, there is little consensus on the most efficient way of delivering it. Structured recall systems can improve the quality of care but the systems evaluated to date have been of limited sophistication and the evaluations have been carried out in small numbers of relatively unrepresentative settings. Hartlepool, Easington and Stockton currently operate a computerised diabetes register which has to date produced improvements in the quality of care but performance has now plateaued leaving substantial scope for further improvement. This study will evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of an area wide 'extended' system incorporating a full structured recall and management system, actively involving patients and including clinical management prompts to primary care clinicians based on locally-adapted evidence based guidelines. Methods: The study design is a two-armed cluster randomised controlled trial of 61 practices incorporating evaluations of the effectiveness of the system, its economic impact and its impact on patient wellbeing and functioning.

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Author(s): Eccles M, Hawthorne G, Whitty P, Steen N, Vanoli A, Grimshaw J, Wood L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: BMC Health Services Research

Year: 2002

Volume: 2

Issue: 5

Print publication date: 21/03/2002

ISSN (electronic): 1472-6963

Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.


DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-2-5


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