Early Diabetes Detection Study Protocol
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Early Diabetes Detection in the Urgent Care: Study Protocol

    The Urgent Care Association, and Urgent Care Foundation are committed to early diabetes detection in the urgent care setting.

The Urgent Care Foundation has launched a research study to measure the benefits of diabetes screening in urgent care. Patients visiting urgent care centers for unrelated treatment may be unaware of their condition but could have undiagnosed prediabetes or diabetes. Screening for early diagnosis is essential to decreasing the development of the disease and reducing related health complications.

The study will take place at 12 urgent care centers across the country and enroll up to 5,000 participants who meet the criteria for the Early Diabetes Detection Protocol, a screening method adapted from the 2016 American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines to detect undiagnosed prediabetes and diabetes. The ADA recommends A1c testing for all adults age 45 years or greater and individuals age 18-44 who have self-reported risk factors for cardiovascular disease along with either elevated body mass index or high blood pressure. Participants found to be at risk for undiagnosed disease will be screened using fingerstick testing of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels.


Below you will find the details of the research study protocol, the official Urgent Care Foundation statement on the initiative and links to other diabetes related-resources.


Fall's Preconference sessions, a Diabetes Symposium is being held. Please click here to learn more about the symposium and as well as registering for it!

 Early Diabetes Detection Study Protocol
 Diabetes in Urgent Care (overview of Diabetes in Urgent Care)
 UCA Diabetes study Position Statement
 Diabetes Patient Education Information/ Patient Resource
 American Diabetes Association site


The Urgent Care Foundation and the College of Urgent Care Medicine have been working with McKesson and Abbott (sponsors) on this initiative. Learn more about McKesson and Abbott by clicking on their links.


Additional Information / FAQs:


What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

Improving Early Diabetes Detection in Urgent Care

There are now several thousand urgent care centers across the United States, and they serve as the main entry point for the medical care of a large percentage of the population. Lack of access to primary-care services and lack of time for many Americans have steadily increased the use of urgent care centers for nonurgent problems. Historically, urgent care centers focused on providing episodic care for acute illness and injury. In response to recent health-care capacity strain, many urgent care centers have adjusted clinical procedures to provide both acute and chronic care.

Chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes mellitus are occurring in epidemic proportions, creating a demand for urgent care practitioners to diagnose and manage more complex illnesses. Today with urgent care centers providing a significant portion of primary-care services; a focus on chronic disease can be vital to patients who have yet to be diagnosed with diabetes.The Urgent Care Association sees this need and with this new focus on early detection of diabetes, have collaborated with McKesson and Abbott, who are both sponsoring the study.
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