Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health

Location

Harkins 300

Event Website

http://www.providence.edu/hpm/Pages/Conference.aspx

Start Date

23-3-2013 9:30 AM

End Date

23-3-2013 10:45 AM

Description

Diabetes in the United States occurs in approximately 8% of adults.[i] Diabetes, if not treated, can lead to many health problems such as blindness or loss of physical functioning, sometimes leading to amputation. However, Type 2 diabetes can be cured or kept under control through effective diabetes management. Many Type 2 diabetes patients let their diabetes become out of control through at risk behaviors, such as smoking, and poor diet, which in turn can lead to a worsening of their condition. With effective disease management, patients can avoid more severe effects of the disease and have higher quality of life. Joslin Diabetes Center operates a diabetes management program called “Why WAIT”. Why Wait is a medically managed clinic-based program to teach Type 2 diabetes patients how to control and manage their diabetes. Joslin Diabetes Center has modified this program and initiated it in a community setting. Here I evaluate whether the community-based program can have similar outcomes to the clinic-based one. The modified community based program was at the Wang YMCA Center and involved seven participants who had full disclosure of the program in a hope to improve their diabetes management. Outcomes measured were Hemoglobin A1c, weight loss, and patient satisfaction collected through participant surveys and program staff. Bringing the Why Wait medically managed clinic-based program into a community setting at the Wang YMCA brings better benefits to the population of Type 2 diabetes patients through increased patient satisfaction.

[i] Diabetes.niddk.nih.gov (2011). National Diabetes Statistics, 2011 - National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. [online] Retrieved from: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/statistics/index.aspx#fast [Accessed: 21 Mar 2013].

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Assessing the effectiveness of a clinic-based diabetes management program in a community setting

Harkins 300

Diabetes in the United States occurs in approximately 8% of adults.[i] Diabetes, if not treated, can lead to many health problems such as blindness or loss of physical functioning, sometimes leading to amputation. However, Type 2 diabetes can be cured or kept under control through effective diabetes management. Many Type 2 diabetes patients let their diabetes become out of control through at risk behaviors, such as smoking, and poor diet, which in turn can lead to a worsening of their condition. With effective disease management, patients can avoid more severe effects of the disease and have higher quality of life. Joslin Diabetes Center operates a diabetes management program called “Why WAIT”. Why Wait is a medically managed clinic-based program to teach Type 2 diabetes patients how to control and manage their diabetes. Joslin Diabetes Center has modified this program and initiated it in a community setting. Here I evaluate whether the community-based program can have similar outcomes to the clinic-based one. The modified community based program was at the Wang YMCA Center and involved seven participants who had full disclosure of the program in a hope to improve their diabetes management. Outcomes measured were Hemoglobin A1c, weight loss, and patient satisfaction collected through participant surveys and program staff. Bringing the Why Wait medically managed clinic-based program into a community setting at the Wang YMCA brings better benefits to the population of Type 2 diabetes patients through increased patient satisfaction.

[i] Diabetes.niddk.nih.gov (2011). National Diabetes Statistics, 2011 - National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. [online] Retrieved from: http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/statistics/index.aspx#fast [Accessed: 21 Mar 2013].

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