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Structured care of diabetes in general practice: a qualitative study of the barriers and facilitators

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posted on 2023-03-03, 12:11 authored by Raymond O'ConnorRaymond O'Connor, M Mannix, J Mullen, L. Powys, M Mannion, H.A Nolan, E Kearney, Walter Cullen, M. Griffin, Jean Saunders
This qualitative study explored general practitionerâ s and practice nurseâ s perceptions of barriers and facilitators to the proposed transfer of diabetes care to general practice. Qualitative data were collected through five focus groups. Participants included GPs (n=55) and practice nurses (n=11) representing urban (44%), rural (29%) and mixed (27%) practices, in the Irish Mid-West region. Barriers and facilitators were mentioned 631 times (100%). Barriers were mentioned 461 times (73%), facilitators 170 times (27%). The most frequently identified barriers were lack of financial incentive (119/631; 19%), lack of access to secondary resources (93/631; 15%), lack of staff and increased workload (59/631; 9%) and time constraints (52/631; 8%). Identified facilitators were access to secondary care (49/631;7.8%), the holistic nature of general practice and continuity of care (48/631;7.6%). Although many are enthusiastic, there remains significant reluctance among GPs and practice nurses to take responsibility for diabetes care without addressing these barriers.



Irish Medical Journal;106 (3)


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