Current management of type 2 diabetes mellitus in primary care clinics in Korea

Da Hea Seo, Shinae Kang, Yong ho Lee, Jung Yoon Ha, Jong Suk Park, Byoung Wan Lee, Eun Seok Kang, Chul Woo Ahn, Bong Soo Cha

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Background: This study investigated the overall status of diabetes control and screening for diabetic microvascular complications in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus attending primary care clinics in Korea. Methods: In this cross-sectional observational study, 191 primary care clinics were randomly selected across Korea from 2015 to 2016. In total, 3,227 subjects were enrolled in the study. Results: The patients followed at the primary care clinics were relatively young, with a mean age of 61.4±11.7 years, and had a relatively short duration of diabetes (mean duration, 7.6±6.5 years). Approximately 14% of subjects had diabetic microvascular complications. However, the patients treated at the primary care clinics had suboptimal control of hemoglobin A1c levels, blood pressure, and serum lipid levels, along with a metabolic target achievement rate of 5.9% according to the Korean Diabetes Association guidelines. The screening rates for diabetic nephropathy, retinopathy, and neuropathy within the past 12 months were 28.4%, 23.3%, and 13.3%, respectively. Conclusion: The overall status of diabetes management, including the frequency of screening for microvascular complications, was suboptimal in the primary care clinics. More efforts should be made and more resources need to be allocated for primary care physicians to promote adequate healthcare delivery, which would result in stricter diabetes control and improved management of diabetic complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-290
Number of pages9
JournalEndocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by a research grant from Ildong Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. One of the co-authors, Jung Yoon Ha, is a current employee at Ildong Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., but no potential conflict of interest was reported by the author.

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2019 Korean Endocrine Society.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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