Table 4—

Survival, health care use, and diabetes persistence and incidence in follow-up of 1998 VA patients

All patientsDiabetes present in FY1998
Diabetes absent in FY1998
EitherMedication prescriptionTwo or more diagnosesSingle diagnosis, no medicationNo diagnoses, no medicationEither
1998 overall*2,924,148489,59616.7%337,07411.5%485,55116.6%83,4672.9%2,351,08580.4%2,434,55283.3%
Among those with VA use 10/97–9/98:
 Subsequent vital status and service use
  Died 10/97–9/9863,0552.2%21,2264.3%12,2743.6%21,2694.4%1,1251.3%40,7041.7%41,8292.2%
  Died 10/98–9/9990,4453.1%27,8225.7%18,1105.4%27,8755.7%3,7474.5%58,8762.5%62,6233.1%
  Alive 9/99, no VA use or Medicare claims 10/99–9/00340,38611.6%5,9921.2%2,4830.7%5,5441.1%1880.2%331,72714.1%331,91513.6%
  Alive 9/99, no VA use, Medicare claims only 10/99–9/0072,3572.5%23,0654.7%6,2781.9%23,0724.8%2,3452.8%49,4262.1%51,7712.1%
  Alive 9/99, VA use 10/99–9/002,357,90580.6%411,49284.0%297,92988.4%407,79184.0%76,06191.1%1,870,35279.6%1,946,41379.9%
Among those with VA use 10/97–9/98 and 10/99–9/00:
 Subsequent diabetes status
  2+ diabetes codes 10/98–9/00 or diabetes medication 10/99–9/00476,69620.2%373,63490.8%287,30896.4%371,28591.0%20,28926.7%55,0372.9%75,3263.9%
  1 diabetes code only 10/98–9/00, no diabetes medication 10/99–9/0073,3613.1%12,6603.1%5,2381.8%12,2573.0%6,8619.0%45,8872.5%52,7482.7%
  No diabetes codes 10/98–9/00, no diabetes medication 10/99–9/001,843,53778.2%25,1976.1%5,3831.8%24,2495.9%48,91264.3%1,769,42794.6%1,818,33993.4%
1999 overall3,094,710576,98518.6%439,28314.2%556,24018.0%99,8693.2%2,417,85678.1%2,517,72581.4%
2000 overall3,332,566654,67719.6%434,50713.0%637,41719.1%121,1233.6%2,556,76676.7%2,677,88980.4%
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    * Veteran patients with VA use 10/97–9/98 with diabetes defined as a diabetes medication prescription 10/97–9/98 and/or 2+ ICD-9 codes in VA or Medicare records for diabetes 10/96–9/98;

  • veteran patients with VA use 10/98–9/99 with diabetes defined as a diabetes medication prescription 10/98–9/99 and/or 2+ ICD-9 codes in VA or Medicare records for diabetes 10/97–9/99;

  • veteran patients with VA use 10/99–9/00 with diabetes defined as a diabetes medication prescription 10/99–9/00 and/or 2+ ICD-9 codes in VA or Medicare records for diabetes 10/98–9/00.