The quality of diabetes care in Israel
This chapter reviews the quality of diabetes care in Israel. Diabetes care is mainly provided and co‐ordinated in the community care sector. As a result of improvements made in the community care sector at large, quality of care provided to patients with diabetes has been improving in recent years, as shown by decrease in long and short‐term complications. Today, quality of care appears to be good in the general population, but remains a problem in some population groups. Scaling‐up and widening diabetes prevention programmes, especially amongst disadvantaged populations and some ethnic groups will be required in the context of a rising disease burden. Moreover, these population groups might also suffer poorer health outcomes than the rest of the population and may require specific tailored care. Care co‐ordination and continuity, especially between the community care sector and hospital sector will also need to be improved, especially as patients with diabetes are likely to experience complications. A particular focus on diabetes co‐morbidities, including mental health, will be required to move towards greater patient‐centred care and better outcomes.
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Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: 2012-10-01