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Health Behaviors and Quality of Care among Latinos with Diabetes in Managed Care

  • Author(s): Brown, AF
  • Gerzoff, RB
  • Karter, AJ
  • Gregg, E
  • Safford, M
  • Waitzfelder, B
  • Beckles, GLA
  • Brusuelas, R
  • Mangione, CM
  • et al.
Abstract

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.

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