After one year, the participants who didn't receive health promoters will begin to receive health promoter support, while health promoter support for the other group will be phased out to assess maintenance and clinical outcomes.
"There needs to be some adaptability to serve the patient's needs," said Gerber, co-principal investigator of the study.
Patients often bounce from the emergency room to the clinic to home and back again. Often there is a "hands-off" approach to figuring out what may be causing missed appointments or medication lapses, Gerber said.
Instead, we should "try to figure out what the problems might be because if we address them it might actually help their ability to come to the clinic, to take their medicine, and maybe prevent them from being hospitalized, especially for diabetes-related problems," Gerber said.
|Contact: Sherri McGinnis Gonzalez|
University of Illinois at Chicago