Comparison of metabolic control among diabetic subjects at two clinics

P. J. O'Connor, R. Fragneto, J. Coulehan, B. F. Crabtree

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A cross-sectional study was conducted to investigate whether glucose control in 20 non-insulin-dependent diabetic subjects seen at a remot rural clinic ws comparable to control achieved in 66 diabetic subjects seen at the regional hospital clinic. Sampling was done to assure that study subjects were representative of all care-seeking, diagnosed diabetics in a well-defined Navajo community. The two groups of patients were comparable in terms of age, sex, and duration of diabetes from time of diagnosis. Compliance with care, hospitalization rates, and complication rates were similar in each group. Results showed no significant differences in glycemic control between the rural clinic (mean fasting plasma glucose = 177, mean random plasma glucose = 227) and the regional hospital clinic (mean fasting plasma glucose = 187, mean random plasma glucose = 249). The percentages of diabetics under 'acceptable' control by American Diabetes Association guidelines was 40 percent at the rural clinic and 29 percent at the hospital clinic (P > .05).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-482
Number of pages5
JournalPublic Health Reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1989

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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