Tailored intervention for inpatients: transitional diabetes care coordinator versus conventional care (ST07-015)

Main institution:
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (USA)

Principal investigator:
Melissa Scollan-Koliopoulos

Location of the project:
USA

Amount allocated:
USD 65,000

Date:
September 1, 2008 - January 31, 2011

Objectives:
The University Hospital (UH), in Newark, New Jersey is an academic teaching hospital that cares for a low-income and minority population with diabetes. Many UH hospitalized patients never connect to the outpatient diabetes clinic for a myriad of reasons. Our objective is to fill this gap in our diabetes care by creating a process to: 1) improve access to the outpatient diabetes clinic and 2) actively facilitate continuity in care between the inpatient and outpatient settings. The impact of the program will be a reduction in hospital emergency department visits, inpatient readmissions, and improvement in health-related quality-of-life, health behavior, and metabolic control.

Publication:

Society of behavioral medicine Scientific, April 2012

*Project completed in January 2011