We know that being able to access care at a time and a place according to need is fundamental to good health. For people with diabetes, this means having the tools and resources to support self-management. This helps lower risk of serious complications linked to diabetes.

Living in rural areas can be a barrier to quality care

In a recent study, researchers studied the quality of primary care offered to almost 32,000 adults with diabetes across 3 U.S. states: Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. They looked at measures of deprivation. This includes the level of disadvantage of income, employment, housing, and education of people living in a particular place. Researchers also looked at whether or not participants lived in rural areas by their zip codes.

People living in socioeconomically deprived areas face many obstacles to good diabetes care

Researchers found that people who live in rural areas and/or in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage were much less likely to achieve good diabetes care than people who live in urban areas and in higher income areas. Outcomes were even worse among racial and ethnic minority groups. This is due to high costs of diabetes medications, testing supplies and appointments, as well as difficulty receiving medical care for diabetes. These factors all contribute to the gaps in diabetes care quality among people in deprived areas.

This research shows that certain geographic areas with gaps in high quality health care may benefit from targeted allocation of resources. These interventions could help improve outcomes for people with diabetes.

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