How UTSW Measures Outcomes – Control of Diabetes

Each year, UT Southwestern Medical Center treats more than 10,000 patients with diabetes. Control of diabetes is a major focus of our clinicians and researchers and is something UT Southwestern takes very seriously.

Why Is This Important?

Uncontrolled diabetes is one of the major causes of heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and peripheral vascular disease. Control of blood glucose reduces the chances of long-term complications in diabetic patients. Experience and research have shown that diet, exercise, and medications are the best methods to control blood glucose.

A blood test called "hemoglobin A1c" (HgbA1c) is one of the tests physicians use to determine if diabetes is well-controlled. The test measures the average blood glucose levels in diabetic patients over several weeks. HgbA1c levels below 8.0 indicate that blood glucose is under control.

Percentage of Patients with Diabetes Under Control

Controlled Diabetes graphic
A higher number is better with this measure.
Source: National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)

What Does This Graph Show?

This graph illustrates the percentage of diabetic patients treated in the William T. and Gay F. Solomon General Internal Medicine Clinic (with locations in the Aston Ambulatory Care Center and Professional Office Building 1) at UT Southwestern whose diabetes is under control (as measured by HgbA1c levels), compared to the national average.

UTSW performance in controlling diabetes is significantly better than the national average. The General Internal Medicine Clinic at UTSW has earned a "Bridges to Excellence" award for its performance in the treatment of patients with diabetes.