PaTH to Health: Diabetes study

Project Summary

PI(s): Jennifer Kraschnewski, MD, MPH

PaTH Protocol PI(s): Jennifer L. Kraschnewski, MD, MPH, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine

Purpose: Obesity is one of America’s primary health concerns and is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, which affects over 29 million people and is associated with serious complications. Although these complications are preventable with proper medical and lifestyle management, including weight loss, nearly half of patients with diabetes do not have adequate glycemic control. Primary care clinics may be an ideal setting for weight control interventions.

Goal(s): To understand the comparative effectiveness of obesity counseling – as covered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) – in improving weight loss for adults either with or at high risk of type 2 diabetes.

Study Design: Electronic Health Records and Claims Data Researchers will compare weight and diabetes outcomes in three states (Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Utah) using EHR and claims data from before and after CMS and most insurers began providing obesity screening and counseling benefits at no cost to patients.

PCORnet Partners:

PaTH Partners:

  • Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System
  • Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Temple Health
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh, UPMC
  • University of Utah, University of Utah Health
  • Geisinger Health System

Sponsor: PCORI

Coordinating Center: Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center

Fact Sheet: pending

How to Participate: Researchers will use electronic health records (EHR), patient-reported outcomes (PROs), and insurance claims data across the PaTH CDRN for adults with diabetes and pre-diabetes.

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