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Clinical Inertia
July 2018 Edition

Last month, AMGA shared key diabetes research at the American Diabetes Association’s 78th Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida. Elizabeth Ciemins, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., director of research and analytics for AMGA, gave a podium presentation on overcoming clinical inertia in diabetes care. Her research explores how and why healthcare providers fail to initiate and escalate therapy, often for patients who need it most.

According to the research by AMGA Analytics, more than one in ten patients with uncontrolled diabetes had no therapy change within two years, despite an office visit. Additionally, minority patients and patients with low-income insurance were less likely to receive appropriate medication escalation. Read more about this research and the potential causes of clinical inertia here.

At the meeting, Dr. Ciemins also presented AMGA Analytics’ findings on gaps in Type 2 diabetes screening.

Questions? Email us at together2goal@amga.org.

Upcoming Dates

July 19: Monthly campaign webinar on Shared Medical Appointments for Diabetes Care (register)

August 16: Monthly campaign webinar on Diabetes and Obesity (register)

November 8: Together 2 Goal® National Day of Action (learn more)

November 13-15: AMGA’s Institute for Quality Leadership (IQL18) meeting in San Antonio, TX (register)

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Resource of the Month

Changing or escalating diabetes medications requires tough conversations between providers and their patients. Mayo Clinic has developed a free resource to facilitate these conversations.

With the goal of shared decision-making, their tool helps providers to address A1c, lifestyle, weight, heart health, and medication cost in a patient-friendly way. Their Diabetes Medication Choice resources include an interactive online tool as well as printable cards and patient brochures.

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