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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.



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.


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.


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.


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.

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