Improving team-based care could lead to better outcomes in patients with diabetes

Better team-based care led to reductions in HbA1C and LDL cholesterol for some patients, according to a study published in the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health.

“Consistent, long-term leadership facilitation is a key component in improving and maintaining team functioning,” Lori A. Bilello, PhD, research assistant professor and associate director of the Center for Health Equity and Quality Research at the University of Florida, and colleagues wrote. “The personal and professional responses by staff and clinicians to role redefinition can also affect practice transformation; sometimes leading to changes in personnel at a practice. The more successful practices have strong physician facilitation, clearly defined roles and practice guidelines for all levels of staff and strong communication structures (such as team huddles, frequent team meetings) in place.”

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