Australian National Diabetes Information Audit & Benchmarking (ANDIAB) 2011 Final Report

The Future

A discussion of future ANDIAB studies

Page last updated: December 2011

In its current form, with a minimal number of sites with in-house databases providing data (and thus a reliance on scannable paper form technology), ANDIAB will, in our view, be difficult for sites to sustain. There needs to be a concerted effort by Specialist Diabetes Services to acquire electronic databases from which they can not only run their day-to-day activities and communicate with referring health professionals, but also undertake research and participate in quality initiatives such as ANDIAB. If most sites had in-house databases the potential would exist to extract data more frequently and provide comparative audit reports, perhaps again on an annual basis.

Another issue of concern relates to the ‘repetitive’ nature of the data collection, a concern raised at the Best Practice and Diabetes Centres [BPDC] Meeting in July 2011. It was suggested that an alternative could be a smaller and/or more targeted data collection if ANDIAB continues in the future. A further option could be to conduct a longitudinal follow-up review analysis as was done in 2003, however this would be labour intensive for Sites and possibly a less attractive alternate option.

The collection will most likely be repeated in future years, at least biennially, but the above considerations need to be heeded. If more Diabetes Centres develop electronic databases, the potential exists to extract data more frequently and provide comparative audit reports perhaps again on an annual basis.

As stated above, another possibility is for future surveys to be targeted to address specific issues or patient populations.

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