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Public Health


Bernice Kennedy


Diabetes has quickly become an epidemic in the United States and affects all genders and races. Some ethnic groups are at greater risk for being diagnosed and face devastating health consequences due to poor diabetes self-management. Diabetes self-management education (DSME) is considered to be a positive step toward patient self-efficacy and diabetes management. The benefits of diabetes self-management education can only be realized if patients diagnosed with diabetes not only enroll, but complete the program. The purpose of this research study was to investigate the association between race and gender and dropout rates among participants enrolled in a DSME program. Archival data from a DSME were collected for 352 participants enrolled in the program. A multiple logistic regression was used to analyze whether independent variables of race and gender were predictors of dropout rates. Chi-square was used to explore if there was an association between race and gender and drop-out rates. Results revealed that there was no statistically significant association between race and gender and dropout rates from participants in a DSME program. Positive implications for social change include exploring the reasons participants choose to drop-out of a DSME program and potentially identify those at risk for droppoing out due to challenges and barriers.