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Study finds missed diabetes monitoring opportunities in primary care

A study in Family Medicine and Community Health showed that less than 60% of primary care patients with diabetes received a recommended test for diabetes monitoring in the previous 12 months, with 58% tested for A1C levels and 57% for lipid profile, "creating a substantial gap in the quality of care for diabetes in US primary care settings," researchers wrote. Analysis of 2,379 primary care visits for patients with diabetes revealed that continuity of care with primary care providers contributed to a 36% increase in adherence to diabetes monitoring guidelines for A1C and a 76% increase for lipid profile tests.

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