October 30, 2018
Tainayah Thomas, doctoral candidate in health behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Health Services Research Dissertation Program (R36) to fund her dissertation research, “Mixed Method Approach to Examine Prediabetes Screening, Follow-up Care and Guideline Implementation.”
Thomas, who also is a predoctoral fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, is interested in the study of diabetes prevention and management, men’s health and health disparities. Her award of $18,162 is for a one-year period ending Oct. 31, 2019.
Prediabetes continues to be underdiagnosed and untreated. In North Carolina, it is estimated that 33 percent of adults have prediabetes, while only 9 percent report having been given a diagnosis. Diabetes prevalence among black women and men is 15 percent and 12.3 percent, respectively, compared to a statewide prevalence of 10.9 percent.
Thomas’ study is a secondary analysis of UNC-Chapel Hill electronic health record data, accompanied by primary, qualitative data collection through in-depth interviews with primary care clinicians and patients with prediabetes.
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