SPONSORED POST – Hutchinson Health and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) are teaming up to conduct a study in Hutchinson to help people with type 2 diabetes.
Researchers hope to determine whether diabetes care that uses registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) for medication management may be able to help individuals with diabetes achieve recommendations for healthful lifestyles – and whether doing so will ultimately help them improve their “D5” measures.
These five measures are blood glucose, statin use, blood pressure, tobacco use, and aspirin use, and they are a large part of the ongoing care required to manage diabetes.
The goal of the study is to determine whether patients who receive education and phone coaching that includes medication management from a RDN with diabetes expertise, in addition to care from their primary care physician, make greater improvements in their D5 outcomes than those who don’t receive the additional support.
Researchers chose Hutchinson for the study in part because, according to Minnesota Community Measurement statistics, only 30 percent of people with type 2 diabetes in the community have optimal D5 levels, compared with a statewide average of 53 percent.
About the study
For the study, a group of 144 residents age 40-75 who have type 2 diabetes will be randomly divided into a control group and an intervention group.
Both groups will receive regular clinical care from their primary care physicians, but the intervention group will also receive supplemental care from registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to actively address the D5 measures. RDNs will provide health management and education involving nutrition, physical activity, and medication adherence, and may also prescribe medications for blood pressure, cholesterol or blood glucose to meet diabetes care goals in coordination with primary care.
Researchers will conduct baseline tests at the beginning of the study and then repeat the tests in one year to determine how the intervention group compares to the control group in the management of their D5 measures.
“Our team at Hutchinson Health considers it critical to continue providing innovative services and a vast array of care options to our patients,” said Steve Mulder, MD, president and CEO of Hutchinson Health. “We recently began offering mental health services through the exciting new format of telemedicine, and now are pleased to be able to partner with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation on this study to explore the effectiveness of adding telemedicine as a complement to our diabetes care.”
Success in other locations
From 2010-2014, MHIF and Allina Health experienced success with a similar phone coaching program in New Ulm called Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project.
Nearly 1,100 patients participated in coaching and demonstrated outcomes included significant reductions in smoking rates and LDL cholesterol. Participants also made significant improvements in lifestyle behaviors, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, being more physically active, and lowered perceived stress rates.
About Hutchinson Health
One of the largest independent health care providers in Minnesota, Hutchinson Health includes primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs.
Hutchinson Health has a state-of-the-art intensive care unit featuring eICU technology, as well as a full-range of advanced diagnostic imaging services. Hutchinson Health has more than 30 full-time physicians, 35 specialty care providers, and 650 staff.