Table 3—

Comparing VA versus urban institutions

VA medical centersUrban academic centersP
n845 (62)527 (38)
Age (years)66.7 ± 0.460.8 ± 0.6<0.01*
HbA1c (%)8.2 ± 0.18.4 ± 0.1<0.01*
LDL cholesterol (mg/dl)113 ± 1.3119 ± 2.70.01*
SBP (mmHg)146 ± 0.9141 ± 0.7NS*
DBP (mmHg)76 ± 0.479 ± 0.5NS*
BP <130/85 mmHg31.019.6<0.01
Patients on an antiplatelet agent51.437.1<0.01
Patients on ACE inhibitors66.660.20.02
Patients on HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors40.134.90.03
Patients referred for yearly retinal examination74.262.2<0.01
  • Data are n (%), means ± SE, and %.

  • *

    * Independent t test;

  • χ2 analysis;

  • 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl. NS, not significant.