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Community health workers assisting patients with diabetes in self-management
Meyers Primary Care Institute Publications and Presentations
  • J. Lee Hargraves, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Warren J. Ferguson, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Celeste A. Lemay, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Joan Pernice, assachusetts League of Community Health Centers
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Meyers Primary Care Institute
Publication Date
Document Type
Community Health Workers; Patient Compliance; Self Care

Community health workers (CHWs) have gained prominence in health care, recognizing the influence of community and environment on health. This study evaluates CHWs' efforts to assess patients' readiness to change and facilitate self-management goal setting. Six pairs of community health centers were randomly assigned to employ CHWs on health care teams. Each team worked with a defined population of patients. We assessed changes in documented patient self-management goals and clinical measures from both control and intervention CHCs before and after deploying CHWs, finding a significant increase in self-management goal setting between the intervention and control health centers.

DOI of Published Version
J Ambul Care Manage. 2012 Jan-Mar;35(1):15-26. Link to article on publisher's site
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Citation Information
J. Lee Hargraves, Warren J. Ferguson, Celeste A. Lemay and Joan Pernice. "Community health workers assisting patients with diabetes in self-management" Vol. 35 Iss. 1 (2012) ISSN: 0148-9917 (Linking)
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