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Cherrington AL, Khodneva Y, Richman JS
Impact of peer support on acute care visits and hospitalizations for individuals with diabetes and depressive symptoms: a cluster-randomized controlled trial.
This study examined the impact of peer support on the number of acute care visits and hospitalizations for individuals with diabetes with and without depressive symptoms. This randomized controlled trial was conducted from 2010-2012. One year of peer support was given to intervention participants, and the usual care to control participants. A Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-8) was given to participants to assess depression symptoms at the beginning of the trial, at 6 months and then at 12 months. There was a lower rate of acute care visits and hospitalizations in those patients with depressive symptoms in the intervention group, but it made no difference for individuals without depressive symptoms.
Citation: Cherrington AL, Khodneva Y, Richman JS . Impact of peer support on acute care visits and hospitalizations for individuals with diabetes and depressive symptoms: a cluster-randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Care 2018 Dec;41(12):2463-70. doi: 10.2337/dc18-0550..
Keywords: Ambulatory Care and Surgery, Chronic Conditions, Depression, Diabetes, Hospitalization, Behavioral Health, Patient Self-Management