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Number of HbA1c tests unrelated to quality of diabetes control: an electronic medical record data linkage study

Glazier RH, Harris SB, Tompkins JW, Wilton AS, Chevendra V, Stewart MA, Thind A. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2011; 93(1):e37-40. Epub 2011 May 13.

Process measures are heavily relied on to assess physician performance/quality of diabetes control. A unique primary care electronic medical record-health administrative database linkage found no clinically meaningful relationship between control (HbA1c value) and number of tests performed, casting doubt on the usefulness in diabetes performance and quality of care assessment.

Keywords: Diabetes