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Patterns of Diabetes Screening During Office Visits

J Am Board Fam Med; 2019 Mar-Apr; Shealy, et al

The prevalence of diabetes screening during office visits remains low in the US, a new study found. The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey was used to examine a study sample of office visits from 2012‒2015, reviewing the prevalence of screenings and lab services ordered or provided at each patient visit. Researchers found:

  • 105,721 office visits were included in the analysis.
  • The diabetes screening prevalence increased from 10% in 2012 to 13.4% in 2015, but remained low overall.
  • Physicians primarily prescribed lifestyle modifications, including a healthy diet.
  • Metformin was the most common antidiabetic medication prescribed to treat prediabetes.

Citation:

Shealy KM, Wu J, Waites J, Taylor NA, Blair Sarbacker G. Patterns of diabetes screening and prediabetes treatment during office visits in the US. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019;32(2):209-217. doi:10.3122/jabfm.2019.02.180259.

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