Doubt over dietitian referrals for diabetes

Millions of dollars are being wasted in Medicare-subsidised dietetic services for type 2 diabetes patients because of poor attendance and modest results in weight loss, research from Queensland suggests.

A review of 129 obese patients with type 2 diabetes referred to dietitians by their GP under team care arrangements found that fewer than half attend for the minimum of two sessions, and about 30% did not complete the allocated number of sessions.

Modest benefits in weight loss were seen in

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