Implications of Rurality and Psychiatric Status for Diabetic Preventive Care Use among Adults with Diabetes


Examines patterns of diabetic preventive care use among adults with diabetes to determine whether these patterns varied according to respondents’ rural/urban residence or psychiatric status (i.e. the presence/absence of a mental health diagnosis).

Key Findings:

  • Rural residents with diabetes are generally less likely than their urban peers to use diabetic preventive services.
  • Rural residents with diabetes and mental health diagnoses used some preventive services at about the same rates as urban people with diabetes, and at higher rates than rural diabetics without mental health diagnoses.
  • Although rural residents with diabetes and mental health diagnoses used preventive care about as often as other groups studied, they had more diabetes complications than their rural peers without mental health diagnoses.
Maine Rural Health Research Center
Jean Talbot, Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, David Hartley