This study examined patterns of diabetic preventive care use among adults with diabetes, to determine whether these patterns varied according to respondents’ rural/urban residence or psychiatric status (i.e., the presence/absence of a mental health diagnosis).
Key findings included the following:
- Rural residents with diabetes are generally less likely than their urban peers to use diabetic preventive services.
- Rural residents with diabetes and mental health diagnoses used some preventive services at about the same rates as urban people with diabetes, and at higher rates than rural diabetics without mental health diagnoses.
- Although rural residents with diabetes and mental health diagnoses used preventive care about as often as other groups studied, they had more diabetes complications than their rural peers without mental health diagnoses.
Suggested Citation: Talbot JA, Ziller EC, Lenardson JD, Hartley D. Implications of Rurality and Psychiatric Status for Diabetic Care Use among Adults with Diabetes. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center; May, 2014. Research & Policy Brief PB-56.