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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 109-113

Quality of diabetic care in family practice centre, Aseer Region, Saudi Arabia


Joint Program of Family Medicine, Aseer region, Abha, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Yahia Mater Al-Khaldi
Joint Program of Family Medicine, Aseer, PO Box 2653, Abha
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-600X.137886

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Objective: The objective of this study was to assess quality of diabetic care at a family practice centre in Saudi Arabia, Asser region. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted at the Al-Manhal Postgraduate Family Practice Centre. All diabetic records at the centre were extracted and reviewed. Processes and outcomes of diabetic care were evaluated based on Standards of Care Delivery issued by the Primary Care Department at the Ministry of Health. Data was inputted and analysed using SPSS version 15. Relevant statistical tests were used accordingly and P-values were considered significant if their value were less than 0.05. Results: The total number of diabetic records reviewed was 637. The majority of patients were married Saudis. The mean age was 60 years while the mean duration of diabetes was 12 years. Weight and blood pressure were recorded for 82% while lipid profile and kidney functions tests were done for 40% of the patients. Two-thirds of the diabetics (64%) were on oral hypoglycaemic agents and more than three-fourths (77%) were prescribed aspirin. More than two-thirds were overweight and obese while 40% had dyslipidaemia. Less than one-third (30%) had a good metabolic control while 26% had poor diabetic control. Conclusion: Care of diabetics in our practice showed some improvement compared to the previous studies. However, we still face some challenges such as weak recall system and poor coordination with our referral hospital that needs urgent action. Providing centres with advanced laboratory facilities would help to implement annual check-ups particularly lipid profile and kidney function tests.


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