Adoption of the reference framework for diabetes care by primary care physicians
MCS Wong1, KWK Tsang1, K Kung1, C Wong1, VCH Chung1, HHX Wang1, BHK Yip1, RY Chung1, JCN Chan2
1 School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2 Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1. The level of adoption of the Hong Kong Reference Framework for Diabetes Care was high among primary care physicians who responded to the survey.
2. Improvements should be made in the patient version to enhance patient knowledge on diabetes and promote self-management.
3. Insufficient resources, time, and support, as well as perceived influence on clinical autonomy and patient selection of services were major barriers among primary care physicians to adopt the framework.
4. Additional user-friendly versions of the reference framework should be provided.
5. Strengthening of healthcare provision and financing as well as continuing professional education are needed to improve cooperation among stakeholders in delivering high-quality, patient-centred, multidisciplinary diabetes care.