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Obidiugwu Kenrik Duru

My primary research interest is the study of racial and socioeconomic disparities in diabetes outcomes. I am particularly interested in medication adherence among vulnerable populations and exploring “real-world” sustainable approaches to improve medication-taking behavior. My current research includes an investigation of the role of primary language in medication adherence, medication intensification, and insulin initiation among Latino patients with diabetes. I currently hold an academic appointment as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine/Health Services Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I received an A.B. in Human Biology from Brown University, an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and an M.S. in Health Services from UCLA.

Project Title:
Adherence to and Intensification of Anti-Glycemic Medications among English and Spanish Speakers in Managed Care: The TRIAD Study.
Project database:
Translating Research Into Action for Diabetes

Recent and Pending Publications

Duru Ok, Bilik D, McEwen LN, Brown A, Karter AJ, Curb JD, Marrero DG, Lu S, Rodriguez MA and Mangione CM. (2011). "Primary Language, Income and the Intensification of Anti-Glycemic Medications in Managed Care: the Translating Research into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD) Study." Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26(5): 505-511.


Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey