Potential Overtreatment and Undertreatment of Diabetes in Different Patient Age Groups in Primary Care After the Introduction of Performance Measures

Sieta T. de Vries, Jaco Voorham, Flora M. Haaijer-Ruskamp, Petra Denig*

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    OBJECTIVETo assess whether after the introduction of diabetes performance measures decreases in undertreatment correspond with increases in overtreatment for blood pressure (BP) and glycemic control in different patient age groups.RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODSWe conducted a cohort study using data from the Groningen Initiative to Analyse Type 2 Diabetes Treatment (GIANTT) database. General practices were included when data were available from 1 year before to at least 1 year after the introduction of diabetes performance measures. Included patients had a confirmed diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Potential overtreatment was defined as prescribing maximum treatment or a treatment intensification to patients with a sustained low-risk factor level. Potential undertreatment was defined as a lack of treatment intensification in patients with a sustained high-risk factor level. Percentages of over- and undertreated patients at baseline were compared with those in subsequent years, and stratified analyses were performed for different patient age groups.RESULTSFor BP, undertreatment significantly decreased from 61 to 57% in the first year after the introduction of performance measures. In patients >75 years of age, undertreatment decreased from 65 to approximate to 61%. Overtreatment was relatively stable (approximate to 16%). For glycemic control, undertreatment significantly increased from 49 to 53%, and overtreatment remained relatively stable (approximate to 7%).CONCLUSIONSThe improvement of BP undertreatment after introduction of the performance measures did not correspond with an increase in overtreatment. The performance measures appeared to have little impact on improving glucose-regulating treatment. The trends did not differ among patient age groups.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1312-1320
    Number of pages9
    JournalDiabetes Care
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May-2014


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