Prevalence and correlates of preventive care among adults with diabetes in Kansas

Harsohena K. Ahluwalia, Corinne E. Miller, Stephen P. Pickard, Matthew S. Mayo, Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, Gloria L.A. Beckles

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE - To assess the prevalence and correlates of recommended preventive care among adults with diabetes in Kansas. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS - A cross-sectional telephone survey was conducted among a sample of adults (≥18 years of age) with self-reported diabetes. Recommended preventive care was defined based on four criteria: number of health-care provider (HCP) visits per year (≥4 for insulin users and ≥2 for nonusers), number of foot examinations per year (≥4 for insulin users and ≥2 for nonusers), an annual dilated eye examination, and a blood pressure measurement in the past 6 months. RESULTS - The mean age of the 640 respondents was 61 years, 58% were women, and 86% were white. In the preceding year, 62% of respondents reported the appropriate number of visits to a HCP, 27% the appropriate number of foot examinations, 65% an annual dilated eye examination, and 89% a blood pressure measurement in the preceding 6 months. Only 17% (95% CI 14-20) met all four criteria for recommended care. The adjusted odds of receiving recommended care were higher for males than for females (odds ratio [OR] 1.6; 95% CI 1.1-2.5), higher for people whose HCP scheduled follow-up appointments than for those who self- initiated follow-up (OR 2.7; 95% CI 1.6-4.8), and higher for former smokers than for current smokers (OR 3.1; 95% CI 1.6-6.9). CONCLUSIONS - Preventive care for people with diabetes is not being delivered in compliance with current guidelines, especially for women and current smokers. Scheduling follow-up visits for patients, targeting certain high-risk populations, and developing protocols to improve foot care may be effective in improving care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)484-489
Number of pages6
JournalDiabetes care
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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    Ahluwalia, H. K., Miller, C. E., Pickard, S. P., Mayo, M. S., Ahluwalia, J. S., & Beckles, G. L. A. (2000). Prevalence and correlates of preventive care among adults with diabetes in Kansas. Diabetes care, 23(4), 484-489. https://doi.org/10.2337/diacare.23.4.484