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Diabetes Manag (Lond). 2011 Nov;1(6):653-660.

Addressing diabetes racial and ethnic disparities: lessons learned from quality improvement collaboratives.

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Section of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago, 5841 S. Maryland Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.


A review of national data confirms that while the quality of healthcare in the USA is slowly improving, disparities in diabetes prevalence, processes of care and outcomes for racial/ethnic minorities are not. Many quality measures can be addressed through system level interventions, referred to as quality improvement (QI), and QI collaboratives have been found to effectively improve processes of care for chronic conditions, including diabetes. However, the impact of QI collaboratives on the reduction of health disparities has been mixed. Lessons learned from previous QI collaboratives including the complexity of impacting clinical outcomes, the need for expert support for skills outside of QI methodology, limiting impact of poor data, and the need to develop disparities quality measures, can be used to inform future QI collaborative approaches to reduce diabetes racial/ethnic minority health disparities.

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