Association between education and quality of diabetes care in Switzerland

TitreAssociation between education and quality of diabetes care in Switzerland
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFlatz, A, Casillas, A, Stringhini, S, Zuercher, E, Burnand, B, Peytremann-Bridevaux, I
JournalInternational Journal of General Medicine
Date Published02/2015

PURPOSE: Low socioeconomic status is associated with higher prevalence of diabetes, worse outcomes, and worse quality of care. We explored the relationship between education, as a measure of socioeconomic status, and quality of care in the Swiss context.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data were drawn from a population-based survey of 519 adults with diabetes during fall 2011 and summer 2012 in a canton of Switzerland. We assessed patients and diabetes characteristics. Eleven indicators of quality of care were considered (six of process and five of outcomes of care). After bivariate analyses, regression analyses adjusted for age, sex, and diabetic complications were performed to assess the relationship between education and quality of care.

RESULTS: Of 11 quality-of-care indicators, three were significantly associated with education: funduscopy (patients with tertiary versus primary education were more likely to get the exam: odds ratio, 1.8; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.004-3.3) and two indicators of health-related quality of life (patients with tertiary versus primary education reported better health-related quality of life: Audit of Diabetes-Dependent Quality of Life: β=0.6 [95% CI, 0.2-0.97]; SF-12 mean physical component summary score: β=3.6 [95% CI, 0.9-6.4]).

CONCLUSION: Our results suggest the presence of educational inequalities in quality of diabetes care. These findings may help health professionals focus on individuals with increased needs to decrease health inequalities.


Publication Status: epublish. - IUMSP2015/03

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Alternate JournalInt J Gen Med
Citation Key / SERVAL IDserval:BIB_39CC0E289D09
Peer reviewRefereed
PubMed ID25759596
PubMed Central IDPMC4346359
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