Through new research sponsored by the Diabetes Working Group, this white paper examines provider barriers to offering the current standards of diabetes care and offers recommendations to mitigate these barriers. To better understand these issues, the DWG undertook the following initiatives:
A comprehensive literature review of peer-reviewed articles on current standards of diabetes care, outcomes evidence, and current health economics data of diabetes care and treatment;
A provider survey fielded to a large sample of diabetes care providers in the United States, with an objective of identifying barriers for diabetes providers to providing optimal diabetes care; and
A theoretical Standards of Care Delivery Model designed to estimate the necessary resources to consistently deliver the current standards of care to diabetes patients in the United States. The model illustrates the gap between the current provision of care and what is needed to improve patient outcomes to meet current guidelines.