Women at High Risk for Diabetes: Access and Quality of Health Care, 2003-2006

Almost half of the people with diabetes in this country are women, and projections indicate that women will account for most cases between 2010 and 2050. Yet, many reports do not stratify by sex, so it is difficult to determine the quality of care that women with, or are at risk of, diabetes receive. This report uses national datasets to provide information about the quality of care among women at high risk for diagnosed diabetes compared with women not at high risk. It presents measures in several areas, such as access to care, general well-being, and evidence-based diabetes-specific preventive care. 

Contents

Acknowledgments
Highlights
Introduction and Methods
   Introduction
   Methods
   Data Sources
   Data Notes and Limitations
   Contact Information
Diabetes Risk Factors of U.S. Women
   Population Size and Growth
   Demographic and Socioeconomic Profile
General Health and Well-Being
   Self-Rated Health
   Diagnosed Hypertension
   Diagnosed Overweight
   Cholesterol
   Smoking
   Alcohol Consumption
Access to Care
   Health Insurance
   Use of Health Care Services
Diabetes-Related Risk Reduction
   Provider-Directed Risk Reduction
   Blood Pressure Measurement
   Lipid Profile
     Provider Advice About Weight
   Self-Care Behaviors
     Physical Activity
     Weight Loss
Appendix A: References
Appendix B: Tables 

Acknowledgments

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director
Ursula E. Bauer, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)

Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., Director of the Division of Diabetes Translation
Gloria L.A. Beckles, M.D., M.Sc., Medical Epidemiologist
Michelle D. Owens, Ph.D., Behavioral Scientist
Sarah R. Lewis, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Carolyn Clancy, M.D., Director
William Munier, M.D., Director, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
Francis Chesley, M.D., Director, Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations
Katherine Crosson, M.P.H., Associate Director, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Additional AHRQ Staff

Doreen Bonnett, M.S.W.
Mary Rolston

Other Staff

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D., formerly of Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. (SSS)
Shakeh J. Kaftarian, Ph.D., formerly of AHRQ

Page last reviewed January 2011
Internet Citation: Women at High Risk for Diabetes: Access and Quality of Health Care, 2003-2006. January 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/women-and-diabetes-2003-2006/index.html