Physician's adherence to the standard protocol for diabetes treatment in Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC)

Celestino Mario Martinez, The University of Texas School of Public Health


The level of compliance with clinical practice guidelines for patients with Type II Diabetes Mellitus was evaluated in 157 patients treated at BAMC from 1 January 2006 to 1 January 2007. This retrospective analysis was conducted reviewing data from medical records and following the VA/DOD protocols that health care providers are expected to follow at this facility. Data collected included patient’s age and gender, presence or absence of complications of diabetes, physical examination findings, glycemic and lipid control, eye care, foot care, kidney function, and self-management and education. Subjects were selected performing systematic random sampling, and included both male and female patients, from a variety of ages and ethnic groups. The Diabetes complications screened for included glycemic and lipid complications, retinopathy, cardiovascular complications, peripheral circulation complications, and nephropathy. The results revealed that 19.10% had no complications and that the most common complications were: cardiovascular (49.68%), glycemic and lipid control (10.82%), retinopathy and peripheral circulation (8.28% each), and nephropathy (2.54%). Only 2.54% of the records reviewed did not include information on complications. Strictly following the Department of Defense guidelines, six treatment modules were evaluated independently and together to get a final percentage of adherence to the clinical practice guidelines. It was established that the level of adherence was going to be graded as follows: Extremely deficient: 0-15%; very poor: 16-30%; Poor and in need of improvement: 31-45%. Acceptable: 46-60%; Good: 61-80%, and Excellent: 81-100%. The results indicated that the percentage of physicians' adherence to each protocol was as follows: 88.31%, 89.93%, 90.63%, 89.42%, 89.42% and 89.64%. When the results were pooled, the level of adherence to the clinical practice guidelines was 89.55%, proving my hypothesis that Brooke Army Medical Center physicians have excellent adherence to the standard protocols for Diabetes Type II to treat their patients.

Subject Area

Public health|Health care

Recommended Citation

Martinez, Celestino Mario, "Physician's adherence to the standard protocol for diabetes treatment in Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC)" (2007). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1445106.