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This study aims to investigate whether channeling purposefully structured resources to patients at high risk of developing diabetic complications to interdisciplinary team clinic consultations, interspersed with closer remote follow-up and aided by simple technology will be more effective than usual care in controlling diabetes mellitus, controlling multiple cardiovascular risk factors and reducing clinical event rates.


Clinical Trial Description

The prevalence of diabetes in Singapore is estimated to grow from 400,000 to 670,000 by 2030 and an alarming one million by 2050 with the continuing rise in obesity prevalence. The current system currently has no formal stratification of patients for channelling of structured resources to patients that require more intensive treatment and follow-up (those at higher risk of progressing to having complications from diabetes due to poor glycemic control, or those who have signs of early complications).

We will therefore be researching effective health system delivery strategies to improve achievement of treatment targets (eg. HbA1c, blood pressure, LDL) and reduce vascular complications of diabetes mellitus (retinopathy, proteinuria, end stage renal disease, ischemic heart disease). These include:

- Stratification and channelling purposefully structured resources to patients with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus defined as having an HbA1c >9% on 2 or more occasions, and patients with diabetic complications (estimated glomerular filtration rate eGFR 30-60ml/min or proteinuria >0.5g/day or urine microalbumin:creatinine ratio >300mg/g)

- Training of all doctors/DNEs/dietitians involved in the counselling of patients in the field of motivational interviewing

- Providing easy accessibility to resources to allow patients to self-monitor their capillary blood glucose and blood pressure in between clinic visits - loaning of blood pressure units and glucometers for short (1-2 week) periods regularly

- Providing frequent telephone counselling by DNEs and Renal Pharmacists with regards to titration of medications, in particular ACE-inhibitors or angiotensin-receptor blockers to reach treatment targets

- Utilisation of social media and smart phone/tablet applications for relevant patients to improve and increase patient-healthcare professional interaction with regards to diabetes, provide daily bite-sized education via tablet/smart phone media/social media and improve compliance to exercise targets ;


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NCT number NCT03413215
Study type Interventional
Source Changi General Hospital
Contact Joan Khoo
Phone +6568503807
Email joan.khoo.j.c@singhealth.com.sg
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date March 1, 2018
Completion date December 31, 2022

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