Published Date: February 06, 2018

​The study analyzed disparities in diabetes care quality and patient experience among 1,053 Latino and Asian community health center (CHC) patients by English language preference. Study authors estimated separate regression models for Latino and Asian patients by English language preference for Clinician & Group-Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System, Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care, hemoglobin A1c, and self‐reported hypoglycemic events. The Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition method was used to parse out observed and unobserved differences in outcomes between English versus non‐English language groups. 

After adjusting for socioeconomic and health characteristics, disparities in patient experiences by English language preference were found only among Asian patients. There were no significant differences in glycemic control by language for either Latino or Asian patients.

Publication Authors:
  • Lucinda B. Leung
  • Arturo Vargas Bustamante, PhD, MPP, MA
  • Ana E. Martinez, MPH
  • Xiao Chen, PhD
  • Hector P. Rodriguez