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PCD News Summary for March 30, 2017

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Factors in Placement and Enrollment of Primary Care Patients in YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, Bronx, New York, 2010–2015

Approximately 16 percent of patients referred to the New York State YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) from the local hospital system enrolled in the program. More work is needed to increase the enrollment of patients referred to the program. The YMCA’s DPP is a proven intervention to delay the onset of diabetes and achieve weight loss in patients with prediabetes. However, it is unclear what happens in a real-world setting after a referral from a health care provider, including the proportion of patients who are placed and enroll and their subsequent progression through the program. The results of the study point to areas where changes might improve placement and enrollment of patients. The findings also point to areas where more information is needed to further understand barriers. Reducing lag time between referral and the start of the sessions would maximize the likelihood of enrollment. The timing of referrals and sessions are important considerations when planning sessions. To optimize enrollment, efforts should be made to coordinate when referrals and sessions take place. Efforts to target younger and Spanish-speaking adults would improve the program.

Melissa Newton 404-718-6281


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