Report Claims that Community Health Worker Intervention is Ineffective for Latinos with Diabetes
According to a study published in JAMA Internal Magazine, community health worker intervention is relatively ineffective for Latinos that have diabetes. Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, MPH, from the departments of medicine and public health at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, stated:
In the United Sates, Latinos are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic white individuals to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, nearly three-quarters of the Latino population 45 years and older has type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.
How can Latinos with diabetes improve their health outcomes? According to Carrasquillo,
Effective strategies for improving health outcomes among this group incorporate culturally tailored multifactorial interventions delivered for longer than 6 months. Most promising are individualized high-intensity interventions that incorporate community health workers (CHWs; also known as lay health workers).
It is important for Latinos to get regular check-ups because preventative care will hopefully prevent type 2 diabetes or at the very least people can get treatment to help control diabetes.
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