Please read Dr. Jarrin’s article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health titled, “Racial Disparities in Post-Acute Home Health Care Referral and Utilization among Older Adults with Diabetes.”
In the United States, an estimated 28% of older adults live with diabetes, a chronic condition contributing to macro- and microvascular complications. Diabetes is associated with more frequent use of emergency and acute care, higher mortality, longer hospitalizations, and more frequent rehospitalizations. For older adults with multiple chronic conditions, post-acute care transitions are a particularly high-risk period for adverse events and rehospitalization. Home health care visits are one important aid to effective transition from hospital to home and may reduce adverse events among high-risk patients. For patients with diabetes, home health visits can be used to individualize teaching and support of patients with management of medications and dietary guidelines to optimize glycemic control and prevent complications. To read the full article.
Racial Disparities in Post-Acute Home Health Care Referral and Utilization among Older Adults with Diabetes. Smith JM, Jarrín OF, Lin H, Tsui J, Dharamdasani T, Thomas-Hawkins C. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Mar 19;18(6):3196. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18063196. PMID: 33808769 PMCID: PMC8003472