El Paso physicians' perceived barriers regarding delivery of quality diabetic care

Zaynab Bakir, University of Texas at El Paso


The purpose of this thesis was to examine El Paso physician's perceived barriers to the delivery of diabetic patient care. A total of 62 MDs in El Paso voluntarily participated in this study. Each MD signed a consent form and completed a mail survey. To protect confidentiality, the surveys and consent forms were coded. Frequencies and percentages were used to describe item responses and a series of one-way ANOVAs were performed to examine relationships between perceived barriers and clinical practice roles, practice setting, and years of experience. The majority of the physician respondents were internal medicine doctors (46.8%) who worked in a private practice setting (68.9%). Most had more than 10 years of experience (61%) and treated less than 1000 diabetic patients per year (54.2%). Physicians ranked the importance of the five sub-scales compared relatively to each other, in descending order, as barriers relating to the healthcare system, the local practice and community, practice setting, patient education, and lastly physician education. Two one-way ANOVAs revealed significant effects of clinical practice roles and practice settings on mean barrier scores. However, no statistical significance was found in a third one-way ANOVA which examined barrier scores and years of experience. The results of the present thesis contribute to the understanding of the barriers related to the process of delivering quality diabetic patient care. Taking these barriers into account when planning future interventions may improve the quality of diabetic care provided in the region.

Subject Area

Medicine|Health education

Recommended Citation

Bakir, Zaynab, "El Paso physicians' perceived barriers regarding delivery of quality diabetic care" (2005). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1430946.