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

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.

Authors: Brown AF; Gerzoff RB; Karter AJ; Gregg E; Safford M; Waitzfelder B; Beckles GL; Brusuelas R; Mangione CM; TRIAD Study Group

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

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