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International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

Editor-in-Chief: Merrick, Joav

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Volume 27, Issue 3

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Clinic attendance and health outcomes of youth with type 2 diabetes mellitus

Elizabeth Rose Pulgarón
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  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Mailman Center for Child Development, Miami, FL, USA
  • Division of Clinical Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA
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Published Online: 2014-08-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2014-0021

Abstract

This study assessed whether clinic attendance was related to health outcomes for youth with type 2 diabetes mellitus (type 2 DM). Medical records of pediatric patients with type 2 DM were retrospectively reviewed. Clinic attendance was much more infrequent than recommended by physicians, and 42% of the sample withdrew from medical care. Patients who had a history of not showing during appointments had higher HbA1c levels than those who attended regularly scheduled visits; however, contrary to our hypotheses, average number of clinic visits was not associated with HbA1c levels or zBMI. Given the increased risk for health complications, new strategies are needed to keep patients engaged with medical care.

Keywords: adherence; adolescents; type 2 diabetes mellitus

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About the article

Corresponding author: Elizabeth Rose Pulgarón, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Clinical Psychology, P.O. Box 016820 (D-820), University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33101, USA, Phone: +605-243-6857, Fax: +305-243-4512, E-mail:


Received: 2014-04-10

Accepted: 2014-05-13

Published Online: 2014-08-20

Published in Print: 2015-08-01


Citation Information: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, Volume 27, Issue 3, Pages 271–274, ISSN (Online) 2191-0278, ISSN (Print) 0334-0139, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijamh-2014-0021.

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