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Medical News & Perspectives
October 12, 2011

State Diabetes Programs Need Adapted Guidelines

JAMA. 2011;306(14):1533. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1438

A survey of federally funded state diabetes prevention and control programs shows that while most circulate diabetes practice guidelines, few consider how to adapt those recommendations for population health rather than individual disease management.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, surveyed diabetes programs operating within public health departments in all 50 states and 7 US territories. Of 52 that responded, 77% said they circulate diabetes guidelines. Of those, 60% said they use guidelines from specialty groups such as the American Diabetes Association or the American Society of Clinical Endocrinologists. About one-third of the programs that circulate guidelines said they develop their own based on published recommendations (Sarkar U et al. Am J Public Health. 2011;101[10]:1871-1873).