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Research Letter
January 27, 2020

Community-Based Hemoglobin A1C Testing in Barbershops to Identify Black Men With Undiagnosed Diabetes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine, New York University Grossman School of Medicine, New York
  • 2Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York
  • 3Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, New York
JAMA Intern Med. Published online January 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.6867

In the United States, black men with diabetes have disproportionately high rates of diabetic complications and are less likely to survive into their 70s compared with men in other racial and ethnic groups.1,2 The diagnosis of diabetes is often delayed, especially among black men without a regular source of primary care. In barbershops, which are places of trust among black men, community-based interventions have been successful in identifying and treating men with hypertension.3 Using point-of-care hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing, we evaluated a community-based approach for diabetes screening in barbershops owned by black individuals.

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