Creating open access to exercise for low-income patients through a community collaboration for quality improvement: if you build it, they will comeFamily Medicine and Community Health Publications and Presentations
UMMS AffiliationDepartment of Family Medicine and Community Health
SubjectsAdolescent; Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Community Health Centers; Consumer Participation; *Cooperative Behavior; Diabetes Mellitus; *Exercise; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; *Poverty; *Quality Assurance, Health Care
AbstractCommunity health centers face the need for safe, accessible, and affordable exercise for low-income patients to implement self-management strategies. This study reports on one federally qualified health center's experience developing a partnership with a local YWCA to offer open access to patients for physical activity. Over a 24-month period, 1060 adult patients made at least 1 visit to the YWCA, logging a total of 14,276 visits. Among the exercisers, 112 had diabetes and made 3225 visits. Frequent users (> or =24 visits), had an HbAlc reduction of 1% (P = .02). Community health centers can collaborate with local exercise facilities to ensure that patients have opportunities to pursue healthier lifestyles.
Rights and PermissionsCitation: J Ambul Care Manage. 2008 Apr-Jun;31(2):142-50. Link to article on publisher's website
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Citation InformationLucy M. Candib, Matthew A. Silva, Suzanne B. Cashman, Deborah R. Ellstrom, et al.. "Creating open access to exercise for low-income patients through a community collaboration for quality improvement: if you build it, they will come" Vol. 31 Iss. 2 (2008) ISSN: 0148-9917 (Print)
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