Community health workers assisting patients with diabetes in self-management
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Meyers Primary Care Institute
Medical Subject Headings
Community Health Workers; Patient Compliance; Self Care
Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Services Research | Primary Care
Community health workers (CHWs) have gained prominence in health care, recognizing the influence of community and environment on health. This study evaluates CHWs' efforts to assess patients' readiness to change and facilitate self-management goal setting. Six pairs of community health centers were randomly assigned to employ CHWs on health care teams. Each team worked with a defined population of patients. We assessed changes in documented patient self-management goals and clinical measures from both control and intervention CHCs before and after deploying CHWs, finding a significant increase in self-management goal setting between the intervention and control health centers.
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Citation: J Ambul Care Manage. 2012 Jan-Mar;35(1):15-26. Link to article on publisher's site