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Patient Characteristics and Process of Care Measures as Predictors of Glycemic Control


Kirk, Julienne K.; Strachan, Elizabeth; Martin, Chantel L.; Davis, Stephen W.; Peechara, Madhavi; & Lord, Richard (2010). Patient Characteristics and Process of Care Measures as Predictors of Glycemic Control. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 17(1), 27-30.


Objective: To assess whether patient characteristics and process of care measures predict glycemic control among patients with diabetes.
Methods: We used ICD-9-CM codes to identify patients with diabetes seen in a university-based family medicine teaching practice during 2006. We identified a total of 1398 patients who had made 7962 patient visits. We collected ddata on patient characteristics, processes of care received, and whether patients obtained an A1C of <7%, indicating glycemic control. We created a composite process measure consisting of receipt of at least 2 hemoglobin A1C measrements, at least 1 low-density lipoprotein cholesterol measruemnt, and at least 1 blood presure (BP) measurement in the study year.
Results: Having Medicare insurance (odds ratio [OR], 2.01 [confidence interval {CI], 1.39-2.89]), being femail (OR, 1.51 [CI, 1.14-2.00]) and not receiving glycemic medications were associated with having glycemic control. The composite process measure was not associated with obtainment of glycemic control.
Conslusion: Our findings indicate that having Medicare insurance and being female were associated with better A1C control. Further study is needed to develop measures that predic a patient's ability to achieve recommended A1C levels.

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Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management


Kirk, Julienne K.
Strachan, Elizabeth
Martin, Chantel L.
Davis, Stephen W.
Peechara, Madhavi
Lord, Richard