Dr Kamlesh Khunti, a member of the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Leicester, is set to co-ordinate a randomised controlled trial of diabetes testing involving five large general practices in Leicestershire.
Conventionally the results of the test take one week to return from the laboratory resulting in patients having to make repeat journeys back to their surgeries or telephoning back after one week. This may result in changes in medication not being undertaken and also delays in treatment.
Dr Khunti’s randomised controlled trial is due to begin this month and will last for two years, finishing in 2002.
Having successfully bid for £58, 000 from the Trent NHS Executive and additional equipment grant from the Bayer plc, Dr Khunti’s research will be comparing the logistical and medical implications of conventional diabetes testing with a new method involving the Ames DC2000 machine which produces a diagnosis in approximately two minutes.
Half the patients involved in the trial will be treated using established practices and the other half will be treated using the new machine. At the end of the two-year trial period conclusions will be drawn as to the medical and logistical benefits of testing using the Ames DC2000. The study will also determine the cost effectiveness of such a model of care.
For more information, please contact Dr Khunti on 0116 258 4873, email@example.com
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