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Idaho diabetes and hypertension survey needs input of all practicing Idaho primary care providers; input is critical for baseline study

Posted May 12, 2014

Idaho State University is partnering with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to conduct a baseline study on primary care providers’ use of team-based care, referral patterns and electronic health records for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

Neill Piland, director of ISU’s Institute of Rural Health, calls this an exceptionally important baseline study for the state’s physicians and caregivers.

“The measurement of where we are today will tell us where we need to go in the future to help manage and reduce these chronic diseases that affect so many Idahoans,” he said.

Nearly 1,000 individual providers and practices across Idaho will be invited to participate in an online survey. A summary of survey results will be available by June 30.

Organizations partnering with ISU and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for this project include the Idaho Medical Association, the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, the Idaho Primary Care Association, and St. Luke’s Health System., a Denver-based multi-method survey research firm with experience conducting diabetes and heart disease-specific surveys, will work closely with ISU and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to deliver this important survey. Other organizations supporting this study include Qualis Health and Idaho Medicaid.

Results from this baseline survey will be used to develop plans to promote prevention, early detection and treatment of chronic diseases in Idaho. Diabetes and hypertension, while harmful on their own, are also risk factors for other chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, end stage renal disease, peripheral artery disease, and blindness. Since primary care is the first point of entry into the health care system for many patients, delivering effective prevention, early detection and ongoing management can improve patients’ health, reduce chronic disease rates and lower health care costs.

If you are an Idaho physician or practice manager, you may access the study be visiting To learn more about the study,