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Translation of the diabetes prevention program into a community mental health organization for individuals with severe mental illness: a case study
UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Kristin L. Schneider, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • J. Cherry Sullivan, ServiceNet
  • Sherry L. Pagoto, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Date
9-1-2011
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) have significant health disparities. Wellness services embedded in community mental health organizations could lessen these disparities. This case study illustrates the integration of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle intervention into a community mental health organization. The Diffusion of Innovations Theory was used as a model for integration, which included a collaboration between researchers and the organization and qualitative work, culminating in a small pilot of the DPP led by peer specialists to test the feasibility of the DPP in this setting. Fourteen individuals with SMI participated in the 19-week intervention. Three dropped out, but the remaining 11 demonstrated 92% attendance. Weight loss was minimal, but the participants reported benefit and showed continued interest in the intervention. The use of a peer-led DPP in a community mental health organization is feasible and warrants further investigation to demonstrate efficacy.
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Citation: Schneider KL, Sullivan JC, Pagoto SL. Translation of the diabetes prevention program into a community mental health organization for individuals with severe mental illness: a case study. Transl Behav Med. 2011 Sep;1(3):453-60. doi:10.1007/s13142-011-0053-z. Link to article on publisher's site

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PubMed ID
24073066
Citation Information
Kristin L. Schneider, J. Cherry Sullivan and Sherry L. Pagoto. "Translation of the diabetes prevention program into a community mental health organization for individuals with severe mental illness: a case study" Vol. 1 Iss. 3 (2011) ISSN: 1869-6716 (Print)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sherry_pagoto/96/