In their New York Times piece, Aaron E. Carroll and Austin Frakt write about the increasingly important role of peer support in modern health care.
Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation for Interventions Engaging CHWs for Diabetes Management
Task Force Finding
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends interventions engaging community health workers for diabetes management based on strong evidence of effectiveness in improving glycemic and lipid control among participants with diabetes and reducing their healthcare use. Economic evidence indicates that interventions engaging community health workers for diabetes management are cost-effective.
Interventions engaging community health workers for diabetes management are typically implemented in underserved communities and can improve health, reduce health disparities, and enhance health equity.
Read the full CPSTF Finding and Rationale Statement for details including implementation issues, possible added benefits, potential harms, and evidence gaps.
Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, Professor of Internal Medicine, Health Behavior, and Health Education at the University of Michigan explains why mobilizing social networks so powerful for health.
Talk delivered at a New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst event in April 2017.