TARGETING INTERVENTIONS TO THE PEOPLE THEY ARE DESIGNED TO HELP LIKELY PRODUCES BETTER RESULTS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
People with diabetes who were also poor and not well educated were able to manage their own blood sugar better after a structured intervention designed by Felicia Hill-Briggs and colleagues at Johns Hopkins.
HILL-BRIGGS: We have designed an intervention targeting improvement in their diabetes control by helping them perform their diabetes self-management in a more effective manner. The program provides basic education about diabetes self-management. The second component is designed to take everything that they have learned, their knowledge base, and help them apply it to managing their diabetes in the context of their everyday lives. :32
The approach teaches problem solving skills as well as traditional education about the condition to engage the patient, and should help primary care providers too. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.