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A study completed by researchers at the University of Leuven in Belgium examined how nurse-led interventions could help adults with diabetes. Data from approximately 580 adults with type 2 diabetes in Belgium were analyzed. Some participants were randomly assigned to use the COACH program, a nurse telecoaching program in which participations received five telephone sessions with diabetes nurse educators.
The findings showed that when enrolled in the COACH program, participants were able to reduce their A1C levels from a baseline average of 7% to 6.8% after six months. Patients who received the usual care without telecoaching did not see a change. This shows that diabetic interventions led by nurses can better help diabetes patients manage their disease.
These findings were published in Diabetic Medicine on February 16, 2016.