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Barriers Remain for Healthcare Access, Utilization for Diabetic Retinopathy Patients


Patients with diabetic retinopathy still struggle with access and utilization to healthcare services, according to new research.

A team, led by Alison X. Chan, Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology and Shiley Eye Institute, University of California San Diego, assessed whether social determinants were linked to an increased risk of developing proliferative diabetic retinopathy or related complications related to diagnosis or procedures. The Problem

While some studies have focused on the socioeconomic risk factors associated with diabetic retinopathy progression, there is not much known on the patterns of healthcare utilization among those with the disease. This is especially true for those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in clinical trials.

Some of inadequacies in access and utilization to healthcare prevalent in the US could impact outcomes patients with diabetes. The All of Us database contains extensive survey data on social determinants that is not generally available in electronic health records.

The database contains information on over 364,000 adult participants beginning in May 2018. The Patients

In the study, the investigators identified 729 adult patients with diabetic retinopathy in the National Institute of Health All of Us Research Program data repository with a mean age of 64.9 years. Each participant answered survey questions related to healthcare […]

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