The 5 Rs for all patients with diabetes
What is a registry?
A registry is a list of people with diabetes in your practice.
Why should I bother with a registry?
A registry can help you organize and track many pieces of information about your patients who have diabetes, and help you organize your practice. A registry can:
- Generate lists for you which can be sorted by age, type of diabetes, A1C or other criteria
- Track when your patients were last in to see you, what tests they had, and what tests they need
- Track the number of patients achieving their targets, and let you see if changes you implemented improved their control
- Help you identify patients for group visits who have similar needs
- Track when you, or your office staff need to remind patients of tests or appointments that are upcoming or overdue
OK. You’ve sold me. Where do I start?
If you are working with paper charts there are a few ways to populate this registry. Your practice registry can be developed from:
- Billing information
- Government data sources, which may be called a practice profile, chronic disease portal or tool kits, and are available in some provinces and territories
- Connecting with your local community pharmacist. Call or fax your pharmacist and ask them to generate a list of all anti-hyperglycemic medication prescriptions you prescribed within a period of time (i.e. past 12 months) *see below
Sample Medication Report from Local Pharmacist
Diabetes Registry: Download Excel Spreadsheet