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Invited Commentary
Dec 12 2011

Improving Glycemic Control When “Usual” Diabetes Care Is Not Enough: Comment on “The Effect of a Structured Behavioral Intervention on Poorly Controlled Diabetes”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco (Drs Gonzales and Handley); and Center for Vulnerable Populations, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco (Dr Handley).

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(22):1999-2000. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.496

Reducing the burden and impact of diabetes in the United States has become a major priority across all levels of the US health system—resulting in substantial investment in basic science research, new drug development, health services research, and public health. Despite this investment, many patients living in the United States have not achieved optimal control of their diabetes. This has served to refocus attention to research aimed specifically at implementing health care interventions to improve glycemic control through increased adoption of existing diabetes treatments and improving self-management–related behaviors.