The Swedish National Survey of the Quality and Organization of Diabetes Care in Primary Healthcare—Swed-QOP
2010 (English)In: Primary Care Diabetes, ISSN 1751-9918, E-ISSN 1878-0210, Vol. 4, no 2, 91-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
To describe the quality and organization of diabetes care in primary healthcare in Sweden regarding resources and ways of working.
A questionnaire was used to collect data from all 921 primary healthcare centres (PHCCs) in Sweden. Of these, 74.3% (n=684) responded to the questionnaire covering list size of the PHCCs, number of diabetic patients, personnel resources and ways of working.
The median list size reported from the PHCCs was 9,000 patients, 294 of whom were diabetic patients. The majority (72%) of PHCCs had diabetes-responsible general practitioners (GPs) and almost all (97%) had diabetes specialist nurses (DSNs) with some degree of postgraduate education in diabetes. The PHCCs reported that they used regional/local diabetes guidelines (93%), were engaged in call-recall diabetic reviews by GP(s) (66%) and DSN(s) (89%), checked that patients had participated in the reviews by GP(s) (69%) and DSN(s) (78%), arranged group education programmes (23%) and reported data to a National Diabetes Register (82%).
The presence of diabetes-responsible GP(s) and DSN(s) who use guidelines may contribute to good and equal quality of care. It is, however, necessary to improve the call-recall system and there is an urgent need for all diabetic patients to receive patient education.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 4, no 2, 91-97 p.
Primary healthcare, Organization, Diabetes care, National survey
Endocrinology and Diabetes
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-153369DOI: 10.1016/j.pcd.2010.03.002ISI: 000208416800006PubMedID: 20434973OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-153369DiVA: diva2:416556