Chronic Disease - Diabetes

2016

Self-monitoring of Blood Glucose in Non-insulin Treated Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review update. Prepared for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association.

A Systematic Review of published studies on self-monitoring of blood glucose in people with non-insulin treated type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) was undertaken to provide an update of the available research evidence on the effectiveness, appropriateness and meaningfulness of interventions. The research question was: What is the current best evidence of the effectiveness, appropriateness and meaningfulness of SMBG in people with type-2 diabetes who are not treated with insulin? Only primary studies published from March 2011 – December 2015 were included. 

Estimating the budget impact of podiatry care for people with diabetes in South Australia. Prepared for Department for Health and Ageing, South Australia

The aim of this project was to estimate budget impacts for the South Australian health care system related to podiatric interventions for people with diabetes. A pathway of podiatric care was developed to compare usual care with best evidence practice podiatry care.

 Increasing the effectiveness of best evidence practice podiatry care would result in increased net savings for the South Australian health care system. Funding two podiatric visits per year for intermediate-risk patients, and six podiatric visits per year for high-risk patients would:

  • Cost, on average, an additional $412 (approximately) per patient
  • Save, on average, approximately $562 per patient in downstream costs, i.e. less infection and less amputation
  • Result in health care net savings of, on average, $134 per patient (95% CI $128 - $154). 

2015

The Effectiveness and Appropriateness of Educational Strategies for Insulin Pump Therapy: A Systematic Review. Prepared for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association.

In June 2011, the ADEA published an updated systematic review combining evidence from January 1998 to March 2011 examining the effectiveness and appropriateness of the educational components of Insulin Pump Therapy (IPT). The objective of this report is to update the report and recommendations by incorporating new information from the literature published up until October 2015. This review will address the question: What are the most effective and appropriate methods of teaching adults or adolescents with type 1 diabetes to use insulin pump therapy (IPT)? 

2014

Rapid review of literature for health literacy in people with diabetes.  Technical Report.  Prepared for the Australian Diabetes Educators Association.

Diabetes mellitus has become one of the most challenging public health problems in Australia. People with diabetes are expected to take an active role in the management of their condition and this can be particularly challenging when limited health literacy is an issue. Adequate health literacy is therefore a critical aspect to a person’s ability to engage with health services, and their self-management of, and knowledge about their condition.

The purpose of this rapid review was to provide a synthesis of the best available research evidence on the impact of health literacy strategies in adults with diabetes. The findings of this review will inform the Position Statement of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association on Health Literacy. 

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