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Open Access Study protocol

Evaluation of the quality of care of a multi-disciplinary risk factor assessment and management programme (RAMP) for diabetic patients

Colman SC Fung1*, Weng Yee Chin1, Daisy SK Dai2, Ruby LP Kwok2, Eva LH Tsui3, Yuk Fai Wan1, Wendy Wong1, Carlos KH Wong1, Daniel YT Fong4 and Cindy LK Lam1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, The University of Hong Kong, 3/F Ap Lei Chau Clinic, 161 Main Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong

2 Primary and Community Services Department, Hospital Authority Head Office, Hong Kong Hospital Authority, Hong Kong

3 Statistics and Workforce Planning, Hospital Authority Head Office, Hong Kong Hospital Authority, Hong Kong

4 School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong, 4/F, William M. W. Mong Block 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

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BMC Family Practice 2012, 13:116  doi:10.1186/1471-2296-13-116

Published: 5 December 2012

Abstract

Background

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a common chronic disease associated with multiple clinical complications. Management guidelines have been established which recommend a risk-stratified approach to managing these patients in primary care. This study aims to evaluate the quality of care (QOC) and effectiveness of a multi-disciplinary risk assessment and management programme (RAMP) for type 2 diabetic patients attending government-funded primary care clinics in Hong Kong. The evaluation will be conducted using a structured and comprehensive evidence-based evaluation framework.

Method/design

For evaluation of the quality of care, a longitudinal study will be conducted using the Action Learning and Audit Spiral methodologies to measure whether the pre-set target standards for criteria related to the structure and process of care are achieved. Each participating clinic will be invited to complete a Structure of Care Questionnaire evaluating pre-defined indicators which reflect the setting in which care is delivered, while process of care will be evaluated against the pre-defined indicators in the evaluation framework.

Effectiveness of the programme will be evaluated in terms of clinical outcomes, service utilization outcomes, and patient-reported outcomes. A cohort study will be conducted on all eligible diabetic patients who have enrolled into RAMP for more than one year to compare their clinical and public service utilization outcomes of RAMP participants and non-participants. Clinical outcome measures will include HbA1c, blood pressure (both systolic and diastolic), lipids (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol) and future cardiovascular diseases risk prediction; and public health service utilization rate will include general and specialist outpatient, emergency department attendances, and hospital admissions annually within 5 years. For patient-reported outcomes, a total of 550 participants and another 550 non-participants will be followed by telephone to monitor quality of life, patient enablement, global rating of change in health and private health service utilization at baseline, 6, 12, 36 and 60 months.

Discussion

The quality of care and effectiveness of the RAMP in enhancing the health for patients with type 2 diabetes will be determined. Possible areas for quality enhancement will be identified and standards of good practice can be established. The information will be useful in guiding service planning and policy decision making.

Keywords:
Type 2 diabetes mellitus; Quality of life; Primary care; Prevention; Primary health care; Management programme; Risk prediction; Risk stratification