Multi- Language Diabetes Self-Management Programs for Urban Patients

Research supported by AHRQ identified innovative diabetes self-management programs for patients who speak various languages. The study and abstract, “Diabetes Health Information Technology Innovation to Improve Quality of Life for Health Plan Members in Urban Safety Net,” appeared in the April–June issue of Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. Through an automated telephone system, the program provided 27 weeks of support in English, Spanish and Cantonese. Participants showed improvements in diabetes self-care behaviors, suggesting that automated telephone support can play an important role in improving patient-centered diabetes care. (Source: AHRQ Electronic Newsletter; May 20, 2014, Issue #425)