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Am J Public Health. 2003 Oct;93(10):1694-8.

Health behaviors and quality of care among Latinos with diabetes in managed care.

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  • 1School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA. abrown@mednet.ucla.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We evaluated whether ethnicity and language are associated with diabetes care for Latinos in managed care.

METHODS:

Using data from 4685 individuals in the Translating Research Into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD) Study, a multicenter study of diabetes care in managed care, we constructed multivariate regression models to compare health behaviors, processes of care, and intermediate outcomes for Whites and English- and Spanish-speaking Latinos.

RESULTS:

Latinos had lower rates of self-monitoring of blood glucose and worse glycemic control than did Whites, higher rates of foot self-care and dilated-eye examinations, and comparable rates of other processes and intermediate outcomes of care.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although self-management and quality of care are comparable for Latinos and Whites with diabetes, important ethnic disparities persist in the managed care settings studied.

PMID:
14534224
PMCID:
PMC1448036
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