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Contempo 1999
May 12, 1999

Diabetes Care and Patient-Oriented Outcomes

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition (World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Diabetes Treatment and Prevention), Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany (Drs Berger and Mühlhauser), and the Unit for Health Science and Education, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (Dr Mühlhauser). Dr Berger is a member of the JAMA Editorial Board.


Edited by Ronna Henry Siegel, MD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 1999;281(18):1676-1678. doi:10.1001/jama.281.18.1676

A major problem in contemporary diabetes mellitus care is the poor translation of knowledge derived from clinical research into routine clinical practice.1 To improve standards and outcomes of diabetes care, efforts in the following areas appear crucial: diagnostic procedures and therapeutic management must be evidence-based; patients need to become more actively involved in their disease management; and every center/geographic area needs to perform quality assessment based on patient-oriented outcomes.