Initiative for Quality improvement and Epidemiology in Diabetes [IQED]

Last updated on 16-3-2018 by Daisy Tysmans
November 7, 2001
Project with no end date

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In short

In Belgium, individuals with diabetes who need specialised treatment are followed-up in hospital-based centres in the context of a convention. About 100 diabetes centres throughout Belgium are recognised by the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI) (list of recognised centres is only available in Dutch or French). Through regular data collections, the IQED project monitors quality of care in these centres and provides individualised feedback, helping the centres to improve their quality of care.

Project summary

Since 2001, multidisciplinary diabetic clinics (“centres”) can apply for recognition from the NIHDI (information only available in Dutch or French). For continued recognition, centres need to participate in IQED. The project is executed by Sciensano and governed by a group of national experts.

Study design

IQED uses the so-called audit-feedback method to monitor quality of care and support healthcare providers in improving quality of care.

Periodically, recognized centres are invited to participate in the IQED audit. Centres are required to retrospectively provide data on the characteristics, treatment and outcomes of about 10 percent of their adult type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients followed in the context of the convention.

Audits are performed using the platform, where also the current inclusion criteria and questionnaire items can be consulted.


After each audit, centres receive individualized feedback, allowing them to see where improvement is needed. In IQED, many of the quality indicators are based on the recommendations of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) guidelines.

Each cycle is closed with the publication of a global report on the findings of that cycle and the evolutions across cycles.

Legal information

The Privacy Commission has authorised the transmission and use of these data (authorisation only available in Dutch or French). Individuals treated in these centres are informed about the data collection through a flyer and may opt-out.

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