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Comparison of community health worker-led diabetes medication decision-making support for low-income Latino and African American adults with diabetes using e-health tools versus print materials: a randomized, controlled trial.

Date: November 18, 2014

Journal: Annals of Internal Medicine (Ann Intern Med)

PubMed: 25402398

Heisler, M., H. Choi, et al. (2014) "Comparison of community health worker-led diabetes medication decision-making support for low-income Latino and African American adults with diabetes using e-health tools versus print materials: a randomized, controlled trial." Ann Int Med 161(10 Suppl.): S13-22.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Health care centers serving low-income communities have scarce resources to support medication decision making among patients with poorly controlled diabetes.

OBJECTIVE:

To compare outcomes between community health worker use of a tailored, interactive, Web-based, tablet computer-delivered tool (iDecide) and use of print educational materials.

DESIGN:

Randomized, 2-group trial conducted from 2011 to 2013 (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01427660).

SETTING:

Community health center in Detroit, Michigan, serving a Latino and African American low-income population.

PARTICIPANTS:

188 adults with a hemoglobin A1c value greater than 7.5% (55%) or those who reported questions, concerns, or difficulty taking diabetes medications.

INTERVENTION:

Participants were randomly assigned to receive a 1- to 2-hour session with a community health worker who used iDecide or printed educational materials and 2 follow-up calls.

MEASUREMENTS:

Primary outcomes were changes in knowledge about antihyperglycemic medications, patient-reported medication decisional conflict, and satisfaction with antihyperglycemic medication information. Also examined were changes in diabetes distress, self-efficacy, medication adherence, and hemoglobin A1c values.

RESULTS:

Ninety-four percent of participants completed 3-month follow-up. Both groups improved across most measures. iDecide participants reported greater improvements in satisfaction with medication information (helpfulness, P = 0.007; clarity, P = 0.03) and in diabetes distress compared with the print materials group (P < 0.001). The other outcomes did not differ between the groups.

LIMITATIONS:

The study was conducted at 1 health center during a short period. The community health workers were experienced in behavioral counseling, thereby possibly mitigating the need for additional support tools.

CONCLUSION:

Most outcomes were similarly improved among participants receiving both types of decision-making support for diabetes medication. Longer-term evaluations are necessary to determine whether the greater improvements in satisfaction with medication information and diabetes distress achieved in the iDecide group at 3 months translate into better longer-term diabetes outcomes.

PRIMARY FUNDING SOURCE:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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