An interdisciplinary approach using case management and clinical pharmacy improves results for people with diabetes. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: People with diabetes face many challenges to following healthcare provider recommendations for self-management and few are able to achieve and maintain reductions in average blood glucose level. Interdisciplinary teams are a promising strategy to help patients with diabetes improve outcomes. METHODS: An observational analysis of electronic health record data to evaluate the impact of a clinical pharmacist, case manager, or a combination of both on clinical outcomes for patients with diabetes. FINDINGS: All patients (N=970), regardless of visit type, had a statistically significant improvement in A1C, LDL, and total cholesterol over 1 year. Patients who saw both a case manager and clinical pharmacist had the greatest improvements with the steepest changes across all measures. CONCLUSION: Clinics should create interdisciplinary teams that include a clinical pharmacist and a case manager to have the best outcomes for their patients with diabetes.

published proceedings

  • Res Social Adm Pharm

author list (cited authors)

  • Zuiga, J. A., Huang, Y., Cuevas, H., Vasquez, L., & Garca, A. A.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Zuñiga, Julie A||Huang, Ya-Ching||Cuevas, Heather||Vasquez, Lindsay||García, Alexandra A

publication date

  • January 2020