To characterize dropouts from type-2 diabetes (T2D) care in communal primary health care.
An observational study.
In a Finnish city, patients with T2D who had not contacted the public primary health care system during the past 12 months were identified with a computer based search and contacted by a trained diabetes nurse.
Dropouts from T2D treatment.
Demographic factors, laboratory parameters, examinations, medications, and comorbidities.
Of the patients with T2D, 10% (n?=?356) were dropouts and 60% of them were men. Median HbA1c was 6.5 (QR for 25% and 75%: 6.0, 7.7) %, (45 [42,61] mmol/mol). Of the dropouts, 14% had HbA1c?=?9.0% (75?mmol/mol), and these patients were younger than the other dropouts (mean age 54.4 [SD 10.8] years vs. 60.6 [9.4] years, p? 9% (75?mmol/mol) and they were more often younger than the other dropouts.
Cites: Lancet. 2012 Dec 15;380(9859):2163-9623245607