Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Diabetes Care Among a North Carolina Patient Population
figureposted on 2022-04-01, 13:06 authored by Michael P. Bancks, Meng-Yun Lin, Alain Bertoni, Wendell M. Futrell, Zhixiu Liu, Brian Ostasiewski, Brian J. Wells, Amresh Hanchate
In this study, researchers reviewed electronic health record data to assess whether the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic was associated with disruptions in diabetes care processes of A1C testing, retinal screening, and nephropathy evaluation among patients receiving care with Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina. Compared to the pre-pandemic period, they found an increase of 13–21 percentage points in the proportion of patients delaying diabetes care for each measure during the pandemic. Alarmingly, delays in A1C testing were greatest for individuals with the most severe disease and may portend an increase in diabetes complications.