Study: Cultural competency training has little effect on outcomes for diabetes patients

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January 6, 2010

A study published yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that even when clinicians are trained in cultural awareness, their diabetes patients do not have better health outcomes, reports The Boston Globe. The study comes after many other reports have shown that a gap exists in how diabetes is controlled in white patients and black patients. Black diabetes patients are more likely to suffer poorer outcomes than their white counterparts.

The study involved the evaluation of different groups of clinicians between June 2007 and May 2008 at eight ambulatory health centers in Massachusetts. Some groups received cultural training about the disparities in controlling diabetes in black patients versus white patients, and others received no training. Although the results indicated that those clinicians who were educated were more aware of racial disparities in diabetes care, the outcomes of their patients did not show significant improvement over the patients of clinicians' who did not receive cultural training.

To read more from The Boston Globe, click here.