Short and Long-Term Outcomes from a Multisession Diabetes Education Program Targeting Low-Income Minority Patients: A Six-Month Follow Up

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida. Electronic address: .
Clinical Therapeutics (Impact Factor: 2.73). 01/2013; 35(1):A43-A53. DOI: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2012.12.007
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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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