Diabetes Care Often Fails Rural, Minority Patients
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Adults with diabetes who live in rural areas, as well as those who live in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage, were much less likely to achieve optimal diabetes care than people who live in urban areas and in less socioeconomically deprived areas. Outcomes were even worse among racial and ethnic minority groups, according to the researchers, whose findings appeared December 29 in JAMA Network Open.
@deepangshu High costs of diabetes medications, testing supplies, and appointments, as well as difficulty receiving needed medical care for their diabetes all contribute to the gaps in diabetes care quality among people in deprived areas. As clinicians and health systems, we need to better understand the challenges our patients face every day and work with them to help them overcome them.