Study rationale and design of OPTIMISE, a randomised controlled trial on the effect of benchmarking on quality of care in type 2 diabetes mellitus

Cardiovascular Diabetology. 2011;10(1):82 DOI 10.1186/1475-2840-10-82


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Journal Title: Cardiovascular Diabetology

ISSN: 1475-2840 (Online)

Publisher: BMC

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Internal medicine: Specialties of internal medicine: Diseases of the circulatory (Cardiovascular) system

Country of publisher: United Kingdom

Language of fulltext: English

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Hermans Michel P

Elisaf Moses

Brotons Carlos

Debacker Noëmi

Nobels Frank

Michel Georges

Muls Erik


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Abstract | Full Text

<p>Abstract</p> <p>Background</p> <p>To investigate the effect of physician- and patient-specific feedback with benchmarking on the quality of care in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).</p> <p>Methods</p> <p>Study centres in six European countries were randomised to either a benchmarking or control group. Physicians in both groups received feedback on modifiable outcome indicators (glycated haemoglobin [HbA<sub>1c</sub>], glycaemia, total cholesterol, high density lipoprotein-cholesterol, low density lipoprotein [LDL]-cholesterol and triglycerides) for each patient at 0, 4, 8 and 12 months, based on the four times yearly control visits recommended by international guidelines. The benchmarking group also received comparative results on three critical quality indicators of vascular risk (HbA<sub>1c</sub>, LDL-cholesterol and systolic blood pressure [SBP]), checked against the results of their colleagues from the same country, and versus pre-set targets. After 12 months of follow up, the percentage of patients achieving the pre-determined targets for the three critical quality indicators will be assessed in the two groups.</p> <p>Results</p> <p>Recruitment was completed in December 2008 with 3994 evaluable patients.</p> <p>Conclusions</p> <p>This paper discusses the study rationale and design of OPTIMISE, a randomised controlled study, that will help assess whether benchmarking is a useful clinical tool for improving outcomes in T2DM in primary care.</p> <p>Trial registration</p> <p><a href="">NCT00681850</a></p>