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Primary care survey underway for diabetes and hypertension

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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Idaho State University is partnering with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) to conduct a baseline study on primary care providers' use of team-based care, referral patterns and electronic health records (EHR) for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

Nearly 1,000 individual providers and practices across Idaho will be invited to participate in an online survey. A summary of survey results will be available by June 30.

Organizations partnering with ISU and DHW for this project include the Idaho Medical Association, the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, the Idaho Primary Care Association, and St. Luke's Health System. Resolution Research, a Denver-based multi-method survey research firm with experience conducting diabetes and heart disease-specific surveys, will work closely with ISU and DHW to deliver this survey.

Results from this baseline survey will be used to develop plans to promote prevention, early detection and treatment of chronic diseases in Idaho.

Diabetes and hypertension, while harmful on their own, are also risk factors for other chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, end-stage renal disease, peripheral artery disease, and blindness. Primary care is the first point of entry into the health care system for many patients, and prevention and/or early detection can improve patients' health, reduce chronic disease rates, and lower health care costs.

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Original Publication Date: April 23, 2014

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