Saturday, November 23, 2013

Interprofessional Community-Based Diabetes Intervention Study

Update: diabetes and comorbidities
This diabetes pilot study received its original funding from the Ontario Research Coalition, with Seniors Health Knowledge Network identified as a partner. The project has since grown and taken on a life of its own. We are happy to provide an update on the study's progress and early successes.

Because Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) shares several risk factors with other chronic diseases, 60% of older adults with T2DM have at least one comorbid condition, and as many as 40% have four or more comorbid conditions. Older adults with T2DM and comorbid conditions have poorer quality of life, higher risk for developing diabetes-related complications, and higher use of health services than those with T2DM only. The aim of this study is to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and effects of a 6-month interprofessional community-based intervention for older adults with T2DM and comorbid conditions.

Progress to date:
  • Baseline interviews have been conducted for 31 diabetic participants who are independently-living, >65 years of age, with comorbidities.
  • Participants have been receiving home visits from a nurse and dietitian.
  • Monthly Diabetes Wellness Day group programs began in September. These days include peer support by trained volunteers.
For more information, please contact Dr. Holly Reimer, Research Coordinator. 905-525-9140 ext. 20019  (Toronto)

PUBLICATIONS 
Reimer, H., Keller, H. H., Tindale, J. (2012). Learning you are at risk: seniors’ experiences of 
nutrition risk screening. European Journal of Aging, 9 (1), 81-89. 
Genoe, R., Keller, H., Schindel Martin, L., Dupuis, S., Reimer, H., Cassolato, C., Edward, G. (2011). 
Adjusting to mealtime change within the context of dementia. Canadian Journal on Aging, 31, (2), 
173-194. 
Reimer, H., Keller, H. H., Maitland, S., & Read, J. (2010). Nutrition risk index (SCREEN II©) 
demonstrates sex and age invariance. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 29, 192-210. 
Southgate, K. M., Keller, H. H., Reimer, H. D. (2010). Determining knowledge and behavior change 
after nutrition screening among older adults. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 
71(3), 128-133. 
Reimer, H., Keller, H. H. (2009). Mealtimes in nursing homes: striving for person-centered care. 
Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 28, 327-347. 

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