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Community-based program improves quality of life for older adults with diabetes and other chronic conditions

Dec 5, 2017

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Older adults with diabetes and other chronic conditions, who participated in the ACHRU’s community-based program, had improved quality of life, reduced depressive symptoms and better self-management with no extra healthcare cost compared to usual care.

These key findings from the ACHRU’s latest publication, in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS), provide a foundation for the development and dissemination of a new and innovative community-based model for diabetes care across Canada.

Researchers compared the effect of the 6-month community-based intervention with that of usual care on quality of life, depressive symptoms, anxiety, self-efficacy, self-management and healthcare costs in older adult patients with T2 diabetes and two or more chronic conditions. Participants were offered up to three in-home visits from a registered nurse or registered dietitian, a monthly group wellness program, monthly provider team case conferences and care coordination and system navigation.

Markle-Reid M, Ploeg J, Fraser K, Fisher KA, Bartholomew A, Griffith L, Miklavcic J, Gafni A, Thabane L, Upshur R. (2017) Community program improves quality of life and self-management in older adults with diabetes and comorbidity. JAGS DOI: 10.1111/jgs.15173

 Source: ACHRU website

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