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Reducing Disparities in Lipid Testing for African-American Diabetes: Interim Reporting

KRISTIN M. MICHALOWSKI, JAY A. GOLD, DEBRA L. MORSE, and JOSEPH N. BLUESTEIN
JHHSA, Vol. 26 No. 3, (2003)

Health care disparities exist throughout the United States. MetaStar, the
Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Wisconsin, has
developed a project designed to define, study, and reduce an identi-
fiable health care disparity in Wisconsin. A disparity of 17% exists
between the rate that African-American Medicare beneficiaries with
diabetes and non-African-American Medicare beneficiaries receive
lipid panel tests in Wisconsin. This article reviews the various methods
that MetaStar has used to learn about this disparity, the African-
American community, and the providers who serve this population. In
addition, interventions developed from the information gathered
through the learning activities are briefly described.

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