Changes in Statin Utilization among US Adults with Diabetes: A Population-Based Analysis of NHANES 2011-2018
Research Design and Methods: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was used to obtain a representative sample. The difference-in-differences technique determined the impact of the recommendation on the proportion of people with diabetes for whom statin therapy was newly recommended.
Results: Among people with diabetes, the change in statin utilization in people without ASCVD risk factors controlling for change among people with ASCVD/risk factors was 6.6% (p=0.388). In the adjusted analysis, overt ASCVD, age, Black race, health insurance, a place for routine care, and total cholesterol were significantly associated with statin utilization (p<0.05).
Conclusion: The most recent change in statin recommendations had minimal impact on the proportion of patients receiving a statin.