The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing a supplement survey to its National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey to better understand physicians’ approaches for chronic disease treatment.

The goal is to learn more about physician office processes and use of information technologies to best manage chronic patients and improve care quality, and then disseminate the findings.

CDC is asking the Office of Management and Budget to approve a “National Supplement of Care Policies for Managing Patients with High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol or Diabetes” survey.

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“Because over 50 percent of diabetics have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or both conditions, the optimal systems to treat people with hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes are interrelated,” CDC says in a notice published March 17 in the Federal Register.

The survey will target primary care physicians in internal medicine and family practices. About 1,500 practices will be called to screen for appropriate survey candidates. “The telephone screener will be administered to the individual who answers the phone at the selected practice,” according to the notice. “We anticipate that this will very likely be an office assistant or medical secretary.” This call will take about 10 minutes.

Approximately 950 physicians will participate in the actual survey; most will take about 20 minutes but about 15 will take 1.25 hours. Participation is voluntary and respondents will not be identified. CDC is seeking approval for the survey for a two-year period.

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