|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2013 | Volume
| Issue : 6 | Page : 1130-1132
Audit on diabetes care in a secondary hospital in South India
Sajitha M. F. Rahman1, Kirubah V David1, Ruby A Priscilla2, Sharon Cynthia3
1 Department of Family Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Duncan Hospital, Raxaul, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Web Publication||3-Dec-2013|
Sajitha M. F. Rahman
Department of Family Medicine, Low Cost Effective Care Unit, Arni Road, Vellore - 632 001, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Rahman SM, David KV, Priscilla RA, Cynthia S. Audit on diabetes care in a secondary hospital in South India. Indian J Endocr Metab 2013;17:1130-2
|How to cite this URL:|
Rahman SM, David KV, Priscilla RA, Cynthia S. Audit on diabetes care in a secondary hospital in South India. Indian J Endocr Metab [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Mar 28];17:1130-2. Available from: http://www.ijem.in/text.asp?2013/17/6/1130/122650
There is a notable increase in the incidence of diabetes mellitus nationally. WHO states that effective management of diabetes is imperative at the primary care level to improve health outcomes.  In India, the network of primary health care system is not always effective, efficient and accountable. One of the methods of improving efficiency and accountability is conducting regular clinical audits. UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence defines clinical audit as: "It is a process of improving quality of patient care and outcomes by reviewing care against specific criteria and then reviewing the change".  With the aim of improving care of diabetes in our health center, a clinical audit on diabetes care was carried out between October 2011 and June 2012 with the objective of evaluating the effectiveness of audit in improving practice in diabetes care in a secondary health setting.
This audit was conducted in an urban health center primarily managed by qualified family physicians and community medicine doctors that provides primary and secondary level health services to a population of 200,000. We used nine process indicators suggested by ICMR for monitoring diabetic patients in our audit process [Table 1].  The target level for the non-laboratory indicators was agreed at 80% and for laboratory indicators at 50% by the team. The outcome was assessed by the level of glycemic control, LDL level, compliance with appointment and the presence of complications. A total of 200 charts of patients with type 2 DM were reviewed initially and audit cycle was completed 6 months after the introduction of practice changes. Diabetic flow charts for annual follow-up were introduced and sessions on diabetic management held. Annual retinal exam, foot exam and creatinine were to be done on all patients. HbA1C and lipid testing were restricted to patients with controlled sugars based on glucometer values. SPSS version 17 was used to perform all statistical analysis.
Oral hypoglycemic agents were the main stay of treatment [Table 2]. After clinical audit, performance on process indicators, glycemic control based on capillary sugars and compliance improved significantly [Figure 1] and [Table 3]. The level of glycemic control worsened in those with a longer duration of diabetes [Figure 2].
The overall quality of diabetic care in the health center was poor prior to the audit. There was lack of adherence to any standard guideline for longitudinal care and no system for monitoring complications. There are no diabetic audit data available nationally for comparison. However, this is comparable to the poor documentation noted in Cost of Diabetes in India (CODI) study among general practitioners.  This is in contrast to the data available from 5 OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries where audit and registry for diabetes care has allowed for comparison and improved health outcome. 
Regular audits of diabetic care can very well open the door to better management of this disease in primary and secondary health settings across India. We conclude that significant improvement in process indicators can eventually lead to improvement in clinical outcome in the long run.
| Acknowledgement|| |
The authors would like to extend the gratitude to all the doctors, post-graduate trainees and staff of the low-cost effective care unit for their support and assistance in conducting this audit.
| References|| |
|1.||WHO Innovative Care for chronic conditions. Executive summary, 2002. p. 4. |
|2.||National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Principles for best practice in clinical audit. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press; 2002. p. 1. |
|3.||Available from: http://icmr.nic.in/guidelines_diabetes/guide_diabetes.htm [Last accessed on 2013 Jan 20]. |
|4.||Kapur A. Economic analysis of diabetes care. Indian J Med Res 2007;125:473-82. |
|5.||Si D, Bailie R, Wang Z, Weeramanthri T. Comparison of diabetes management in five countries for general and indigenous populations: An internet-based review. BMC Health Serv Res 2010;10:169. |
[Figure 1], [Figure 2]
[Table 1], [Table 2], [Table 3]