Community Health Center Experiences with Diabetes Group Visits

Health Center TourDiabetes is a highly prevalent condition that affects millions of Americans. Providers, policy makers, and researchers have designed, implemented, and tested many innovative ways to care for their patients with diabetes. One example is the use of diabetes group visits. Group visits can take many forms, such as shared medical appointments, cooperative health care clinics, drop-in group medical appointments and cluster visits.

Considering that community health centers play a vital role in managing patients with diabetes and in providing care to patients in under-served areas, implementing group visits may be effective in improving diabetes outcomes among these patients. To date, no research has been done that captures the experiences of community health centers in establishing and maintaining diabetes group visits for their patients with diabetes and how group visits can be systematically adapted to the health center environment.

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The main purpose of the study is to assess community health center leadership and staff experiences in providing diabetes group visits.

Specific aims are to assess:

1. Perceived and actual benefits of having diabetes group visits
2. Barriers to sustaining diabetes group visits
3. Potential ways to overcome barriers to implementation
4. Necessary elements to sustain diabetes group visits

Overview of research
We are conducting site visits and semi-structured interviews with health center leadership and staff to understand their success and perceived barriers to implementation of diabetes group visits. Results of this study are forthcoming. This study was conducted in collaboration with the MidWest Clinicians’ Network.

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Principal Investigator: Arshiya A. Baig, MD, MPH
Research Team:
Amanda Benitez, MPH
Amanda Campbell, Midwest Clinicians’ Network
Cynthia T. Schaefer, RN, MSN, Midwest Clinicians’ Network, University of Evansville
Loretta Heuer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Midwest Clinicians’ Network, North Dakota State University
Michael T. Quinn, PhD
Deborah L. Burnet, MD, MA
Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH

Funding Sources:
NIDDK DK087903-01A1 K23 Mentored Career Development Award
NIDDK P30 DK092949 Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research.
NIDDK Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24 DK071933)