Diabetes Cost Savings in Project SPUR

Project SPUR Results

Peer-reviewed journal article on the results of diabetes patients who participated in The Asheville Project - what we are calling Project SPUR

Results: Mean A1c decreased at all follow-ups, with more than 50% of patients demonstrating improvements at each time. The number of patients with optimal A1c values (< 7 %) also increased at each follow-up. More than 50% showed improvements in lipid levels at every measurement. Multivariate logistic regressions suggested that patients with higher baseline A1c values or higher baseline costs were most likely to improve or have lower costs, respectively. Total mean direct medical costs decreased by $1,200 to $1,872 per patient per year compared with baseline. Days of sick time decreased every year (1997â2001) for one employer group, with estimated increases in productivity estimated at $18,000 annually.

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