Our repository afforded the opportunity to track
metabolic outcomes in the sites linked to the repository, like A1C,
and also gave us insight into our target population for example,
during our CQI tracking period, from this graph the educators can
see the disparity in their populations who received DSME.
We started by tracking data on our patients who received DSME
for 4-6 months prior to their receiving the service.
In this report of aggregated data from the 8 sites, African
Americans entered the DSME programs with higher A1C values, but with
education there was a decline in A1C levels.
This same decline was also seen in our Caucasian population,
although Caucasians came into the programs with lower A1C values.
Reports like this help our educators develop targeted
community interventions and gained the attention of the UPMC Board
of Directors and Administration.