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Changes in Statin Utilization among US Adults with Diabetes: A Population-Based Analysis of NHANES 2011-2018

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posted on 06.10.2020 by Abbie D. Leino, Michael P. Dorsch, Corey A. Lester
Objective: The objective was to evaluate statin utilization in the United States before and after the 2015 ADA position statement, which expanded statin therapy recommendations to include all adults 40-75 years old with diabetes.

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.