Report on Racial Disparities in Hospitalized Patients with Hyperglycemia and Diabetes.

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CONTEXT: A higher prevalence of diabetes-related complications is reported in minority populations; however, it is not known if there are racial disparities in diabetes care and outcomes in hospitalized patients. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to determine the association between hyperglycemia, in patients with and without diabetes mellitus (non-DM), and complications among different racial groups. DESIGN: This observational study compared the frequency of hyperglycemia (blood glucose ≥ 180 mg/dL; 10 mmol/L) and DM and hospital complications between Black and White patients hospitalized patients between January 2012 and December 2013. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Adults admitted to medical and surgery services in two academic hospitals were included in this study. RESULTS: Among 35 866 patients, there were 14 387 Black (40.1%) and 21 479 White patients (59.9%). Blacks had a higher prevalence of hyperglycemia (42.3% vs 36.7%, P < .0001) and DM (34.5% vs 22.8%, P < .0001) and a higher admission rate and mean daily blood glucose (P < .001). Blacks also had higher rates of complications (22.2% vs 19.2%, P < .0001), both in patients with DM (24.7 vs 22.9%, P = .0413) and non-DM with hyperglycemia (41.2% vs 37.2%, P = .0019). Using sequential modelling adjusted for age, gender, body mass index, comorbidities, and insurance coverage, non-DM Blacks with normoglycemia (odds ratio, 1.22; 95% confidence interval, 1.10-1.35) and non-DM Blacks with hyperglycemia (odds ratio, 1.18; 95% confidence interval, 1.04-1.33) had higher number of complications compared to Whites. CONCLUSIONS: Black patients have higher rates of hyperglycemia and diabetes, worse inpatient glycemic control, and greater frequency of hospital complications compared to Whites. Non-DM Blacks with hyperglycemia are a particularly vulnerable group. Further investigation is needed to better understand factors contributing the racial disparities in the hospital.

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Cited Authors

  • Fayfman, M; Vellanki, P; Alexopoulos, A-S; Buehler, L; Zhao, L; Smiley, D; Haw, S; Weaver, J; Pasquel, FJ; Umpierrez, GE

Published Date

  • March 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 101 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 1144 - 1150

PubMed ID

  • 26735258

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4803176

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-7197

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1210/jc.2015-3220


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States