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Table 1 Conditions and content of brief educational messages attached to test reports.

From: A cluster randomised controlled trial of educational prompts in diabetes care: study protocol

Study phase Type and attachment of message Content of message
Phase One Unconditional; attached to all cholesterol reports For type 2 diabetes &age40 yrs: on simvastatin 40 mg? See [local guideline] for detail and exclusions
  Conditional; attached to all HbA1c reports If HbA1c < 6.5%
   "Within target for type 2 diabetes"
   If HbA1c 6.5 – 7.0%
   "For type 2 diabetes, consider increasing oral therapy"
   If HbA1c 7.0–8.0%
   "If type 2 diabetes: on max oral therapy, e.g., Metformin 1G BD + gliclazide 160 mg BD?"
   If HbA1c > 8.0%
   "If type 2 diabetes, consider insulin if on max oral Rx, e.g., Metformin 1G BD + gliclazide 160 mg BD"
Phase Two Unconditional; attached to all albumin: creatinine ratio (ACR) test reports Newcastle Diabetes Guideline Footcare: all patients annual review of sensation, pulses, footwear education
  Conditional; attached to all ACR test reports If ACR above 2.5
   If confirmed microalbuminuria: aim for BP < 130/80 in type 2 diabetes
   If ACR below 2.5
   If no microalbuminuria: aim for BP control < 140/80 in type 2 diabetes