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Ethn Dis. 2008 Spring;18(2):136-40.

Identification of diabetic complications among minority populations.

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Department of Health Care Administration and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-3023, USA. jay.shen@unlv.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

In consideration of the increasing prevalence of diabetes, multiple factors related to levels of long-term glycemic control, and complex causes of racial disparities across a variety of chronic conditions, patterns of admissions and complications related to diabetes by ethnicity were explored to develop a more clear understanding of underlying causes of disparities.

METHOD:

Using the 2003 National Inpatient Sample, we analyzed the correlation between the primary diagnosis and the likelihood that the condition represented poorly controlled diabetes or a diabetes-related complication.

RESULTS:

Minorities were more likely to be admitted through the emergency department and for a condition directly related to diabetes progression. Further, minorities were more likely to be admitted for acute hyperglycemia and acute hypoglycemia.

CONCLUSION:

Interventions that address root causes of disparities related to diabetes and other conditions, such as care-seeking behaviors and ease of access to primary care providers, are keys to eliminating ethnic disparities.

PMID:
18507263
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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