Objectives: This study assessed the quality of diabetes care in community health centers.
Methods: In 55 midwestern community health centers, we reviewed the charts of 2865 diabetic adults for American Diabetes Association measures of quality.
Results: On average, 70% of the patients in each community health center had measurements of glycosylated hemoglobin, 26% had dilated eye examinations, 66% had diet intervention, and 51% received foot care. The average glycosylated hemoglobin value per community health center was 8.6%. Practice guidelines were independently associated with higher quality of care.
Conclusions: Rates of adherence to process measures of quality were relatively low among community health centers, compared with the targets established by the American Diabetes Association.