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)

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), 
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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