Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


Innovative Community-Based Model for Diabetes Care Moves Forward

Drs. Jenny Ploeg, Maureen Markle-Reid, and Ruta Valaitis are pleased to receive $1.8 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), in partnership with Diabetes Action Canada (DAC) and the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) to test their community-based diabetes self-management program for older adult with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) in three provinces over four years.

This new program of research will build on their previous work and refine the ACHRU Community Partnership Program for a multi-site randomized controlled trial, to further evaluate its feasibility, acceptability, and outcomes. A new and innovative community-based model for diabetes care that can be adapted and implemented for older adults with diabetes and MCC across Canada will be developed.

The ACHRU Community Partnership Program is a 6-month community-based intervention for older adults with diabetes and MCC. It brings registered nurses and registered dietitians, who are certified diabetes educators, from local diabetes clinics into a community centre – either a senior’s centre or the YMCA – where they work as a team with community centre staff and volunteers to deliver a health promotion program, or ‘intervention,’ for participants. The program, includes monthly wellness sessions and a series of home visits with a registered nurse and a registered dietitian.

Click here for more on the ACHRU Community Partnership Program

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Published on: March 20, 2018

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