This descriptive study will examine the standard of care delivered to the diabetic population at Terry Reilly Health Services. The intent of this project is to establish a baseline data set that can be utilized to arrive at epidemiological information about the population, identify areas of concern, make sound recommendations for improvement and to be used as a comparison point to measure affects of interventions over time. The goal is to develop a better understanding of the diabetic population being served so that over the five year course of the Diabetes Collaborative Project, future interventions can be effectively implemented. Achieving this goal will ultimately translate into improved measurable outcomes and a delay or decrease in the complications of diabetes. An eighteen-month retrospective chart analysis of 25 percent of the diabetic patient charts will be used to gather data. The charts will be selected by using random stratified sampling from the diabetic medical records at Terry Reilly Health Services to account for the differences between the four clinics of Nampa, Boise, Marsing, and Homedale. The data will be entered into the diabetes registry (Microsoft Access® relational database). Diabetes registry data will be analyzed using Microsoft Excel® statistical package. A report outlining the results of this study will be presented to Terry Reilly Health Services as well as Pacific University for consideration.
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