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November 6, 2019

Study Identifies Primary Care Knowledge Gaps and Barriers in Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

JAMA. 2019;322(20):1945-1946. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.18024

With an interest in improving disease prevention in primary care, Eva Tseng, MD, MPH, chose a condition ripe for progress: prediabetes. “This is one of the areas where we have an opportunity to prevent a bad illness from happening,” said Tseng, an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Even so, a question looms: How well equipped are primary care physicians and the US health system to manage patients with prediabetes? In a recent study, Tseng and her colleagues surveyed nearly 300 primary care physicians to find out. They uncovered some critical deficiencies in physicians’ knowledge about prediabetes as well as serious system-level barriers that challenge their ability to provide optimal care.

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