Diabetes Prevalence and Preventable Inpatient Visit (PQI) Rates

City of Rochester, New York

While it is expected that the rates of preventable inpatient visits (PQIs) due to diabetes would be higher in the areas and among populations with higher prevalence of diabetes, the PQI rate disparity is larger than can be explained by diabetes prevalence alone. The charts below compare the Focus Area* census tracts to the other tracts within the City of Rochester and show that the PQI rate disparity is proportionally larger than the prevalence disparity. This means that on average, the people with diabetes in the Focus Area are 20 percent more likely to have preventable hospitalization. This may be caused by differences in several factors: the severity of the condition; the ability to manage their condition; and, access to other clinical care that could prevent the need for hospitalization.

*The Focus Area consists of eight high-poverty ZIP codes in the city of Rochester with particularly high concentration of African-Americans and Latinos. See a map of the Focus Area here.

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