Persistent Gaps in Drug Use by Patients With Type 2 Diabetes
Adults with mainly type 2 diabetes had gaps in the use of medications for managing blood glucose, hypertension, and lipids, in an analysis of nationally representative US survey data.
A mean of 19.5%, 17.1%, and 43.3% of survey participants had inconsistent use of glucose-, blood pressure-, or lipid-lowering medications, respectively, over 2 years in a series of successive 2-year surveys in 2005-2019.
A new group of participants was enrolled for each successive 2-year survey.
"We found persistent and sometimes increasing gaps in continuity of use of these [glycemia, hypertension, and lipid] treatments at the national level," the researchers summarize.