HealthDay News — A community-based program improves quality of life and self-management in older adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and comorbidities, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Maureen Markle-Reid, RN, PhD, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and colleagues assessed the effect of a 6-month self-management intervention (including in-home visits and care coordination) among 159 community-dwelling older adults (≥65) with T2D and an average of 8 comorbidities.
The researchers found that a group difference favored the intervention for multiple outcome measurements, including the Mental Component Summary (P =.03), Summary of Diabetes Self-Care Activities (P =.01), and Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (P =.03).
However, there were no group differences seen in the Physical Component Summary score, anxiety, self-efficacy, or total health care costs.
“Participation in a 6-month community-based intervention improved quality of life and self-management and reduced depressive symptoms in older adults with T2D and comorbidity without increasing total health care costs,” the authors write.
Markle-Reid M, Ploeg J, Fraser KD, et al. Community program improves quality of life and self-management of older adults with diabetes mellitus and comorbidity [published online November 27, 2017]. J Am Geriatr Soc. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15173