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Saturday, April 6, 2013

African American Diabetes Care Can Be Improved


For African-Americans with type 2 diabetes, health care-promoted interventions targeting patients, the health care system, or both, can improve the quality of care, according to a review and meta-analysis published in the March issue of Diabetes Care.


Researchers found that 22 interventions targeted patients, five targeted the health care system, and four addressed both patients and the health care system. 

Interventions that targeted patients, which mainly included culturally-adapted diabetes self-management education, correlated with a 0.8 percent decrease in the percentage of hemoglobin A1c. 

Available evidence suggested that interventions targeting the health care system and multifaceted interventions may be effective and can potentially improve diabetes care and health outcomes. 

Source Medical Express
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