Gaps in Quality of Diabetes Care in Internal Medicine Residency Clinics Suggest the Need for Better Ambulatory Care Training - American Board of Medical Specialties

In this study, researchers compared the quality of diabetes care being delivered by residency clinics versus practicing physicians. To make this comparison, researchers used the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Diabetes Practice Improvement Modules. These modules, which include medical chart reviews, patients surveys and practice system analysis, are used to help physicians identify areas that need improvement. After analyzing the data, researchers came to the conclusion that residency clinics are not providing high-quality diabetes care. This could likely be the result of the design of residency clinics. By nature, care-coordination is a struggle because residents and faculty only spend on average a few hours at the site a week. This article showcases how ABIM’s modules serve as an important tool in identifying quality gaps.

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