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Table 4 Proportion of patients with unadjusted HbA1c by average level of communicative and practical support that clinic team provided at baseline and at follow-up (mean, 24 months).

From: Physician support for diabetes patients and clinical outcomes

Optimal glycemic control (HbA1c<7%)
  Communicative support   Practical support  
  Low Medium High P Low Medium High P
Baseline
N = 1045
28.7% 26.3% 26.1% n.s. 23.8% 27.7% 26.4% n.s.
Follow-up
N = 1518
40.6% 39.0% 35.5% n.s. 34.5% 39.6% 40.9% .022
Poor glycemic control (HbA 1c >9%)
  Communicative support   Practical support  
  Low Medium High P Low Medium High P
Baseline
N = 1042
24.0% 26.9% 30.1% n.s. 28.6% 26.6% 24.9% n.s.
Follow-up
N = 583
14.2% 14.7% 17.4% n.s. 17.6% 14.8% 12.6% .028
  1. Percentage of patients with "optimal" and "poor" control for physicians who provided low (<20%), medium (20-80%), or high (>80%) levels of scores in providers' practical and communicative support