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How innovative treatment models and data use are improving diabetes care among older African American adults

TitleHow innovative treatment models and data use are improving diabetes care among older African American adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsFitzner, K, Dietz, DA, Moy, E
JournalPopulation Health ManagementPopulation Health Management
Volume14
Pagination143-155
Date PublishedJun
ISBN Number1942-7891<br/>1942-7905
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2011-13243-005
Keywords*Aging, *Diabetes, *Elder Care, *Health Care Delivery, *Health Education, Blacks, Human Adulthood (18 yrs & older), Innovation, innovative treatment models, diabetes care, older care, African American, health education, Promotion & Maintenance of Health & Wellness [3365], us
AbstractBy 2030, the number of older adults within the United States will have doubled to approximately 71.5 million. Included in this population estimate is the relative growth in the number of older adults of racial and ethnic minority descent. Research has indicated that these individuals, specifically African Americans, have a higher incidence of diabetes than whites, as well as a higher rate of hospitalization compared to whites. This is also true for the older African American. Unfortunately, those with the greatest need for diabetes-related care are least likely to access that care. Moreover, in spite of the indication of need, it is extremely difficult to fully identify strategies that would be optimal for these older minority populations. This paper addresses strategies and techniques to fill gaps in knowledge by detailing efforts, such as the use of health information technologies and multilevel diabetes education teams, to improve the health outcomes of older adult African Americans who have diabetes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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