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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.

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