Clinical Epidemiology and Ageing

Glucose lowering therapeutic strategies for type 2 diabetic patients with chronic kidney disease in primary care setting in france: a cross-sectional study.

Grandfils N, Detournay B, Attali C, Joly D, Simon D, Vergès B, Toussi M, Briand Y, Delaitre O Int J Endocrinol. 2013;2013:640632.

<p>Aim. To understand glucose lowering therapeutic strategies of French general practitioners (GPs) in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Methods. A multicenter cross-sectional study was conducted from March to June 2011 among a sample of French GPs who contribute to the IMS Lifelink Disease Analyzer database. Eligible patients were those with T2DM and moderate-to-severe CKD who visited their GPs at least once during the study period. Data were collected through electronic medical records and an additional questionnaire. Results. 116 GPs included 297 patients: 86 with stage 3a (Group 1, GFR = 45-60 mL/min/1.73 m(2)) and 211 with stages 3b, 4, or 5 (Group 2, GFR < 45 mL/min/1.73 m(2)). Patients' mean age was approximately 75 years. Insulin was used in 19% of patients, and was predominant in those with severe CKD. More than two-thirds of patients were treated with glucose lowering agents which were either contraindicated or not recommended for CKD. Conclusion Physicians most commonly considered the severity of diabetes and not CKD in their therapeutic decision making, exposing patients to potential iatrogenic risks. The recent patient oriented approach and individualization of glycemic objectives according to patient profile rather than standard HbA1c would improve this situation.</p>

DOI: 10.1155/2013/640632

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