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Table 3 Summary of GPs’ and NPs’ answers for questions about awareness of DM complications & co-morbidities and awareness of LJM as a DM complication, management in daily practice and opinion on LJM screening

From: Awareness of limited joint mobility in type 2 diabetes in general practice in the Netherlands: an online questionnaire survey

  GPs NPs
(1) Awareness of DM complications and co-morbidities:
 Identifying DM-related complications that should be evaluated during regular DM check-ups. 96–97%* 94–99%*
 Identifying DM-related complications and co-morbidities according to DCGP guidelines 78–99%* NA
 Identifying physical examination that should be performed during regular DM check-ups. NA 96%
 Acquainted with the term ‘cheiroarthropathy’ (whether participant can or cannot describe it in their own words). 45% 44.%
 Acquainted with CTS treatment. 83% NA
(2) Awareness of LJM as a DM complication
 Acquainted with LJM in DM guidelines (Q8) 7% NA
 Awareness of association between CTS and DM 24% NA
 Awareness of upper extremity complaints in DM patients 27–41%* 59%
 Awareness of hand, wrist, and shoulder complaints in DM patients NA 23%
 Awareness about relation between hand and wrist complaints in DM patients and their treatment compliance. 75% NA
 Awareness about troubles a DM patient with LJM could experience concerning DM treatment NA 67%
(3) Management decisions in daily practice
 Management of patient with hand/finger complaints during DM evaluation moment μ 57%
 Management of CTS in vignette; corticosteroid injection as a first & second step 41% & 34% NA
 Management of CTS in daily practice if no corticosteroid injection is given Ϯ NA
(4) Opinions on screening
 Should we screen patients with DM for LJM as one DM complication (answered with yes) 25% 63%
 Who should perform this screening (answered with NPs) 64% 32%
  1. DM diabetes mellitus, DCGP Dutch College of General Practitioners, LJM limited joint mobility, CTS carpal tunnel syndrome
  2. *For multiple answers, the range of the answers was presented; please see Fig. 1 for percentages of each disorder
  3. μ Multiple answers were possible for this question
  4. Ϯ Only answered by 10 GPs; e.g. physiotherapy