Evaluation of a Worksite Diabetes Education Program at a Large Urban Medical Center

Susan Malecki Renda, Marianne Baernholdt, Kathleen Becker

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Abstract

Evidence suggests that diabetes education can be delivered at the worksite to better support employees' diabetes self-management and improve productivity and health care costs. This study was conducted to address the feasibility of a diabetes worksite education program for employees at a large urban academic health care institution. The diabetes education program was delivered in the diabetes center at the institution, a resource that was previously underutilized by employees. Through collaboration with groups in the institution, 20 employees of diverse ethnicity participated in the worksite diabetes education program with positive outcomes: improved glycemic control measured (HbA1c), attainment of selfmanagement goals, and satisfaction with the program. Work absences trended downward, but numbers of hospitalizations and emergency department visits were unchanged in the 3 months following education. Recommendations include replication of the study with more employee participation and program evaluation over a longer period of time to continue assessment of employees' educational needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalWorkplace Health and Safety
Volume64
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Absenteeism
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Diversity
  • Health education
  • Occupational health and safety programs
  • Productivity
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Research
  • Workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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