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In Favour of Regional Diabetes Day Hospitals

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Faculty of Medicine, University of Extremadura, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
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Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences, University of Extremadura, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(13), 2293; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16132293
Received: 10 May 2019 / Revised: 14 June 2019 / Accepted: 25 June 2019 / Published: 28 June 2019
Diabetes mellitus is considered a public health issue worldwide, with a high prevalence. It is a direct cause of death, disability, and high health costs. In addition, it generates a series of complications of variable types and degrees that have frequent negative effects on the quality of life of the people who suffer from it. Efficiency in public health implies a reduction in costs and improvements in citizens’ quality of life. With the twofold aim of rationalizing costs and promoting an improvement in the care of people with diabetes, we propose a project: a Diabetes Day Hospital (DDH) in Extremadura (Spain). This involves a new organizational model which has already been implemented in other European regions, generating satisfactory results. This study includes details on the structure and operation of the DDH, as well as the expected costs. The DDH allows for a proper coordination among the parties involved in the monitoring and treatment of the disease, and reduces the costs derived from unnecessary admissions and chronic complications. Results show that efficiency in the regional health system could be improved and a significant amount of money could be saved. View Full-Text
Keywords: diabetes mellitus; day hospital; quality of life; efficiency in public health; cost–benefit analysis diabetes mellitus; day hospital; quality of life; efficiency in public health; cost–benefit analysis
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Barroso, V.; Barroso, A.; Sanguino, R.; Sánchez-Hernández, M.I. In Favour of Regional Diabetes Day Hospitals. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2293.

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