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Table 1—

Characteristics of patient respondents

Age (years) 67 ± 10 
Years with diabetes 12 ± 10 
Male sex 98 
Ethnicity  
 White 84 
 Minority 16 
Years of education 12 ± 3 
Income  
 $10,000 or less 20 
 $10,001 to $15,000 26 
 $15,001 to $25,000 29 
 $25,001 or more 25 
Hypoglycemic regimen  
 Oral medications only 59 
 On insulin 34 
 No medications 
Health status  
 Excellent or very good 
 Good 33 
 Fair 43 
 Poor 17 
Diabetes Comorbidity (TIBI) scale* 41 ± 19 
Percent with >80% of care at VA facility 82 
Percent with greater than two outpatient visits at VA in past year 92 
Age (years) 67 ± 10 
Years with diabetes 12 ± 10 
Male sex 98 
Ethnicity  
 White 84 
 Minority 16 
Years of education 12 ± 3 
Income  
 $10,000 or less 20 
 $10,001 to $15,000 26 
 $15,001 to $25,000 29 
 $25,001 or more 25 
Hypoglycemic regimen  
 Oral medications only 59 
 On insulin 34 
 No medications 
Health status  
 Excellent or very good 
 Good 33 
 Fair 43 
 Poor 17 
Diabetes Comorbidity (TIBI) scale* 41 ± 19 
Percent with >80% of care at VA facility 82 
Percent with greater than two outpatient visits at VA in past year 92 

Data are means ± SD or %. n = 1,032.

*

TIBI, Total Illness Burden Index (scaled from 0 to 100, with higher scores meaning more diabetes comorbidities).

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