GPs divided on insulin initiation
More than 400 GPs participated in the survey, conducted by NPS MedicineWise, which looked at their knowledge of priority target areas in managing patients with type 2 diabetes as well as their prescribing behaviours when managing patients with inadequate glycaemic control and/or microalbuminuria.
The survey was conducted before and after an NPS diabetes therapeutic education intervention.
A significantly higher proportion of GPs who had participated in the educational intervention correctly selected blood pressure (75%) over blood glucose control (25%) in choosing a management priority strategy in a patient to reduce cardiovascular disease risk.
When asked to prescribe a medicine for a patient with a diagnosis of microalbuminuria, over 90% of GPs correctly chose an ACE inhibitor, while 30–40% of GPs chose an angiotensin ll receptor blocker.
More than 90% of GPs were aware of the annual cycle of care (ACOC) and agreed that