Care plans work for diabetes

They might be laborious, but GP management plans and team care arrangements do yield important clinical benefits for patients with diabetes, Australian research finds.

Patients who received care under Medicare's chronic disease management scheme — backed up with regular check-ups by their GP — had significant reductions in HbA1C, LDL cholesterol and BMI up to 18 months later, a study showed.

They also had small drops in total

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