Objective — To describe the quality of diabetes care delivered by academic endocrinologists practicing at 4 teaching hospitals affiliated with a single medical school.
Methods — Up to 30 patients who first saw an endocrinologist for an ambulatory consultation for diabetes between January 2004 and December 2005 were randomly selected for chart review. Process and intermediate measures of quality of care were abstracted.
Results — There were 417 patient charts available for analysis. Quality of care was generally high, with 61% of patients achieving a glycated hemoglobin of ≤7.0%, 77% achieving blood pressure ≤130/80 mm Hg and 73% achieving a low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level of ≤2.5 mmol/L. More than 80% of patients had had eye examinations, microalbuminuria screening and foot examinations. There were no significant differences in quality between hospitals.
Conclusions — The quality of diabetes care delivered by academic endocrinologists in this setting was high and approached the "ideal" levels of care recommended by practice guidelines. Compared to past studies in both the primary and specialist care settings, the results show that high-quality care can be delivered in routine academic clinical practice without having previously instituted a specific quality improvement program.