Patient-Provider Social Concordance and Health Outcomes in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: a Retrospective Study from a Large Federally Qualified Health Center in Connecticut

  • Kimberley KurekEmail author
  • Bridget E. Teevan
  • Ianita Zlateva
  • Daren R. Anderson



This study was conducted to better understand the relationship between patient-provider social concordance and cardiovascular risk factor control in patients with type 2 diabetes.


A retrospective study was conducted on adult patients with type 2 diabetes receiving care at Community Health Center, Inc. between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. We utilized a composite score comprised of four social dimensions—age, gender, language, and race/ethnicity—to determine patient-provider social concordance (SC) and used binary logistic regression to relate SC and other potentially influential covariates with cardiovascular outcomes of interest (HgA1c, LDL, BP control).


Patients were more likely to have uncontrolled BP if they were in low or medium SC dyads with their providers (OR = 0.689, 95 % CI = 0.480, 0.989; OR = 0.673, 95 % CI 0.486, 0.931), and they were more likely to have controlled BP and LDL in the setting of care continuity with a regular provider (OR = 1.069, 95 % CI 1.005, 1.136; OR = 1.113, 95 % CI 1.048, 1.182).


Certain health outcomes may be susceptible to patient-provider social concordance or discordance. Continuity of care may serve a protective role in offsetting effects of patient-provider social mismatching.


Social concordance Cardiovascular risk factor control Type 2 diabetes Patient-provider relationship 


Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Research Involving Human Participants

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. For this type of study, form consent is not required.


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© W. Montague Cobb-NMA Health Institute 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberley Kurek
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bridget E. Teevan
    • 2
  • Ianita Zlateva
    • 2
  • Daren R. Anderson
    • 2
  1. 1.Squirrel Hill Health CenterPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Weitzman InstituteCommunity Health Center, Inc.MiddletownUSA

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