Type 2 diabetics who build trust in their community health workers often can progress to self-care
In a recent study, 32% of Type 2 diabetics who built trust with community health workers were able to achieve long-term self-care.
Patients in the study along with their assigned healthcare worker answered a series of questions to determine their goals. After the questionnaire was completed, a plan was set to achieve those goals. Studies have shown that patients who have adequate self-care practices are able to prevent further complications.
The CDC has estimated that 37.3 million Americans have diabetes, and more than 90% of adults with diabetes often have Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes often is classified by too much glucose in the bloodstream, and high levels of glucose can lead to circulatory, immune and nervous system disorders. There is no current cure for Type 2 diabetes; however, weight loss, diet and exercise often help in the management of the disease.
Were there other findings from the study? How can someone with Type 2 diabetes translate the study to their health? What other methods can someone use to manage their diabetes?
How will the findings from this study be implemented in doctors' offices?
- Carolina Gonzalez Schlenker, MD, MPH assistant professor of family and community medicine in the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio and with University Health
- Carlos Roberto Jaén, MD, Ph.D., professor and chairman of family and community medicine at UT Health San Antonio and with University Health
*These physicians are among authors of the study, “Community Health Workers as Trust Builders and Healers: A Cohort Study in Primary Care.”
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*This interview was recorded on Monday, November 28.