The provision of diabetes-monitoring exams to older Latinos

Angelica P. Herrera, Matthew Lee Smith, Marcia G. Ory, Hector P. Rodriguez, Ruth Warre, Wesley K. Thompson, Annette Azcue, Jairo A. Romero

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Abstract

Objectives: To explore factors associated with the provision of diabetes-monitoring practices among older Latinos with type 2 diabetes. Method: Data from 547 Latinos (≥55 years) were analyzed from the 2007 California Health Interview Survey. Multivariate logistic regression modeled the relationship between health status and sociodemographic factors and the receipt of semiannual HbA1c tests, annual foot exams, and annual retinal exams. Results: The majority of older Latino diabetics received foot exams (87%) and retinal exams (77%), but the provision of semiannual HbA1c tests (30%) was low. Higher English-language proficiency and health insurance coverage were associated with the provision of HbA1c tests and foot exams, but not retinal exams. Insulin therapy was positively associated with semiannual HbA1c testing, but negatively associated with foot exams. Discussion: There are considerable missed opportunities in the provision of diabetes monitoring for older Latinos, particularly those with limited English proficiency, less comprehensive insurance, and noninsulin therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1075-1100
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume23
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • health services
  • Mexican American
  • type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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