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Primary outcome

The primary outcome of the study was change in glycated hemoglobin (%) comparing UC and maximal treatment (CPDS) at baseline versus 12 months. Medical chart reviews were used to ascertain patient data. For patients without a glycated hemoglobin within 4 months of the desired measurement, a glycated hemoglobin test was offered at no charge at baseline to determine eligibility and at 12 months. At baseline, glycated hemoglobin was measured using one device, the Bayer DCA 2000, by trained staff blinded to patient group assignment. At follow-up, if glycated hemoglobin was not ascertained within 14 days of the 12-month time point, reminders were provided to patients and physicians to complete the test. Glycated hemoglobin level at intermediate time points (3, 6, and 9 months) was collected from patients’ medical charts.

Secondary outcomes

The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ) was administered at baseline and at follow-up interviews to assess depressive symptoms ( Lucky BrandBaylint O9DdjqEWEc
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Study oversight

The University of Maryland Baltimore institutional review board approved the study, and a Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) was appointed to review study procedures and adverse advents.

Statistical analysis

Practices were assigned to treatment groups according to a 1.5:1:1:1.5 (Group 1, UC:Group 2, CO:Group 3, CPP:Group 4, CPDS) ratio using a computer-generated list of random numbers. The ratios were higher in groups 1 and 4 for analyses of the main hypotheses. Sample size was determined on the basis of the primary outcome, change in glycated hemoglobin. The comparison of UC, which included 56 patients from nine practices, to CPDS, which included 62 patients from seven practices, had 80% power to detect a difference in mean glycated hemoglobin changes of 0.65 SD, corresponding to 1.0% if SD was 1.58%, using a two-sided test with 0.05 type I error after accounting for a within-cluster correlation of 0.10, similar to a previously reported study ( 20 , 21 ). Comparisons of the UC to CO (23 patients from four practices) and CPP (22 patients from six practices) had 80% power to detect a difference in mean outcome changes of 1.1% (0.7 SD difference) to 1.3% (0.8 SD difference) for glycated hemoglobin.

Linear mixed-effects models were used to compare mean changes in primary and secondary outcomes between UC and each active intervention. The primary analysis examined 12-month changes for glycated hemoglobin. Secondary analyses jointly compared 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-month changes between groups. Random effects accounted for within-practice clustering and within-patient correlation. Model fixed effects were treatment group indicators, time indicators, and interactions between treatment group and time. Two secondary analyses of glycated hemoglobin were performed as follows: one analysis stratified by baseline glycated hemoglobin (≥9.0 vs. <9.0); the other (prespecified analysis) adjusted for baseline glycated hemoglobin as a covariate. We performed a sensitivity analysis using weighted estimating equations (WEE) to address any residual bias from missing data ( Lewit Regina Ankle Strap Sandal XfxrXY
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The 163 study patients had a mean baseline glycated hemoglobin of 9.4% (range 7.5–15.5) ( Table 1 ). Mean age was 52.8 years, 50.3% were female, 39.3% were African American, and 31.3% were college educated. The mean duration of diabetes was 8.2 years. Most participants (76.1%) were obese (BMI ≥30 kg/m 2 ). Participants had a mean PHQ-9 of 5.2 (minimal to mild depression scores). Most participants had hypertension (63.2%) and hypercholesterolemia (58.3%). CPDS patients had higher baseline glycated hemoglobin than UC (9.9 vs. 9.2%, P = 0.04). No other baseline patient variables differed significantly among the four study groups.

The relevance and importance of both RCT and Observational Study data in their utility for predicting patient outcomes was affirmed. The cluster analysis enabled matching of 81% of the RCT patients, suggesting notable overlap of most RCT patients with Observational Study patients, despite the geographic differences in the location of the patients in these studies. Since over 60% of the RCT patients matched to three or more clusters and only 17% matched to one cluster, we effectively weighted the randomized patients by allowing the multiple matches. These findings also supported starting with the Observational Study data and matching RCT patients to it, because a greater number of RCT patients had multiple matches than if we had started with the RCT and matched Observational Study patients (2154 vs 1823 total, non-unique patients, an 18.4% increase). The results also confirm that the expected broader spectrum of patients does exist in the Observational Study because only 38% of the Observational Study patients matched with these RCT patients. However, these other 62% of Observational Study patients’ responses could be predicted with our cluster-based ARMAX models, suggesting that, while they are different on matching variables, the predictive relationships for outcomes are present. One possible explanation for this finding is the reduction of covariate bias that was achieved with CEM. The differences in the imbalance of covariates, however, did not fully align with predictive capabilities. While performance in all clusters improved after CEM, the ARMAX models performed better for four of the five clusters with lower global imbalances (Clusters 2, 4, 5, 6). The exception was Cluster 3 that, although having one of the lower global imbalance scores, had a predictive capability in the validation dataset that was not as good as the other clusters’ ARMAXs.

We pursued this overall methodological approach in order to benefit from the advantages of both RCTs and observational studies and have now demonstrated a proof of concept regarding a predictive analytical approach to the integration of observational study and RCT patient data (that offers a step toward the ultimate goal of precision medicine [ Dr Martens Spate Electrical Hazard Insulation 0XtYDCWUHE
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