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Prev Chronic Dis. 2013;10:E15. doi: 10.5888/pcd10.120146.

Health-plan and employer-based wellness programs to reduce diabetes risk: The Kaiser Permanente Northern California NEXT-D Study.

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Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, 2000 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, USA. Julie.A.Schmittdiel@kp.org

Abstract

Primary prevention of diabetes is increasingly recognized by both health plans and employers as an important strategy to improve the health of insured populations. As a part of the Natural Experiments in Translation for Diabetes (NEXT-D) network, the Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Division of Research is assessing the effectiveness of 2 health plan-initiated programs to prevent the onset of diabetes in patients at high risk. The first study evaluates a telephonic health-coaching program that provides counseling on healthful eating, active living, and weight loss to KPNC members. The second evaluation examines a postpartum glucose screening and educational diabetes prevention program for women with gestational diabetes mellitus that KPNC implemented in 2006. Identifying effective approaches to preventing diabetes will be of value to health care systems, policy makers, and public health officials seeking to understand the roles systems and employers can play in preventing chronic illness.

PMID:
23369768
PMCID:
PMC3562174
DOI:
10.5888/pcd10.120146
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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