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Are general practice characteristics predictors of good glycaemic control in patients with diabetes? A cross-sectional study

Adrian J Esterman and Robyn McDermott
Med J Aust 2016; 205 (2): 95. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00532
Published online: 18 July 2016

We thank Ploumidis for his comments on our recent article.1 We agree that restructuring general practitioner payments would be helpful for improving outcomes for people with chronic diseases. For example, payment for the development of care plans is not particularly helpful unless the recommended activities and referrals are actually undertaken. For this reason, the annual cycle of care is a better indicator of improved patient outcome than a completed care plan.

  • Adrian J Esterman1
  • Robyn McDermott1,2

  • 1 University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
  • 2 Centre for Research Excellence in Chronic Disease Prevention, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD


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