Short and Long-Term Outcomes from a Multisession Diabetes Education Program Targeting Low-Income Minority Patients: A Six-Month Follow Up.
ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: A diabetes self-management education (DSME) program was offered to patients at a primary care clinic serving low-income people. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the analyses presented here was to understand the feasibility of the program and effectiveness of the intervention. METHODS: The program was facilitated by a nurse and licensed dietician. Data were collected at baseline, after each class, and after 6 months. Patients were interviewed to identify diabetes self-care behaviors before the first class, after the fourth class, and at 6 months. Knowledge related to content areas was measured before and after each class. Glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA(1c)), blood pressure, weight, and body mass index (BMI) were collected at baseline and after 6 months. Medical records were reviewed for LDL levels, co-morbidity, and diabetes management. Frequencies, χ(2) and t tests, and repeated measures t tests were used to analyze data. RESULTS: Patients were mostly non-Hispanic black or Hispanic (93.1%); mean BMI was 34.89 kg/m(2). About one-half (41.95%) completed the program. Significant improvements were observed for knowledge related to each of the 4 content areas: diet (P < 0.001), diabetes management (P = 0.003), monitoring blood glucose (P < 0.001), and preventing complications (P = 0.001). Among long-term outcomes, mean HbA(1c) was significantly reduced (0.82%), from 8.60% to 7.78% (P = 0.007), with 26.67% of patients reducing HbA(1c) from ≥7.0% at baseline to <7% at follow up (P < 0.001). Patients demonstrated a significant improvement in readiness to improve dietary behaviors (P = 0.016). CONCLUSIONS: Outcomes suggested that minority patients with a high risk for poor diabetes outcomes might be retained in a multisession DSME program and benefit from increasing knowledge of diabetes content. Further evaluation is necessary to determine the cost-effectiveness of this intervention.
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ABSTRACT: There are limited studies available analyzing association between copayment and hormonal contraception adherence. The study was conducted to investigate the association between copayment status and hormonal contraceptive adherence in a female veteran population when stratified by socioeconomic status. This 4-year, retrospective, cohort study of women Veterans from the Veterans Integrated Service Network 22, a network of Veterans Affairs facilities that includes Southern California and Nevada, included patients who received a new hormonal contraceptive prescription between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2012. Patients were split into five quintiles (one having the lowest income and five the highest) dependent on zip code-based median annual household income from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey data. Medication possession ratio difference of copayment versus no copayment group for each respective quintile was the primary outcome. Analysis was done using multiple linear regression models. A total of 3,622 patients met the inclusion criteria and were included in the analysis. Over the entire population, copayment was significantly associated with reduced adherence (-0.034; 95% confidence interval [CI], -0.06 to -0.008). Patients in the highest socioeconomic group, quintile five, had the largest reduction in adherence associated with having a copayment (-0.073; 95% CI, -0.129 to -0.017). Patients in the other four quintiles saw varying levels of decreased adherence respectively, although the differences did not achieve statistical significance. The association between adherence and copayment status varied by socioeconomic status. Our findings suggest that even affluent patients may be discouraged from adherence when subject to a copayment. If larger studies substantiate these findings, consideration should be given to a policy that exempts women veterans from copayments for hormonal contraceptives.Women s Health Issues 02/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.whi.2013.12.002 · 1.61 Impact Factor