Active Comparator: Integrated care
Patients with diabetic foot ulcers cared for by a primary care provider participating in the study after launching the integrated care intervention. Only patients who provide informed consent and enroll in the study will be treated with our integrated care model. All other patients with a participating primary care provider will be treated using a standard care model and will not be considered study participants.
Other: integrated care model
The investigators are piloting an integrated care model for rural patients with diabetic foot ulcers. The model uses two tools to promote collaboration between providers: a care algorithm and a referral checklist. The care algorithm will be used by rural primary care providers to guide integrated care addressing glycemic control, vascular disease, wound care, and infection. The referral checklist will be used by rural schedulers who place referrals to urban specialists. It prompts schedulers to fax appropriate supporting documents (e.g. notes, labs, vascular testing results) with the referral request.
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