Prevalence and management of diabetes among the uninsured: A multicenter study in Tampa Bay, FL.
AIMS: This study describes the prevalence and management of uninsured patients with diabetes in free clinics around the Tampa Bay area.
METHODS: A retrospective chart review collected data from uninsured patients who visited nine free clinics from January 2016 to December 2017. The data included sociodemographics, chronic disease diagnoses and treatments, and social history. Statistical analysis including chi-square tests and logistic regression were used to describe patients with diabetes.
RESULTS: With a prevalence of 19.41% among 6815 uninsured patients and a mean HbA1c of 7.9% (63 mmol/mol), patients with diabetes were more likely to be White, women, obese, unemployed, and have hypertension and depression compared to patients without diabetes. There were no significant differences in sociodemographic variables between those with controlled and uncontrolled diabetes. Among the variables studied by logistic regression, unemployment was found to be a significant predictor of poor glycemic control among men.
CONCLUSIONS: Diabetes is a challenging chronic disease among the uninsured of Tampa Bay due to its prevalence and suboptimal glycemic control. Obesity and unemployment represent significant challenges that increase the burden of diabetes among the uninsured. Free clinics may benefit from additional resources and intervention programs, with future research assessing their effects on care outcomes.
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Joud, H., Mohamed, E., Mirza, S., Tabbaa, H., Tabbaa, M., Khan, F., Ayoubi, N., MacDonald, M., Woodard, L., Oxner, A., Guerra, L., Bakour, C., & Mirza, A. S. (2021). Prevalence and management of diabetes among the uninsured: A multicenter study in Tampa Bay, FL. Diabetes research and clinical practice, 171, 108560. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diabres.2020.108560
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