Severe hypoglycemia in the management of diabetes is associated with high morbidity, mortality, psychological distress, and impaired quality of life. Recognizing, actively engaging, and providing comprehensive care to at-risk patients to address hypoglycemia risk factors and enhance diabetes self-management skills may help reduce the frequency/severity of hypoglycemic events, alleviate diabetes distress, and improve quality of life.
This study will assess the feasibility, preliminary efficacy, and acceptability of Diabetes-REM (Rescue, Engagement, and Management) to improve diabetes self-management among adults in southeast Minnesota who have experienced severe hypoglycemia. The D-REM program is a one month long intervention delivered by community paramedics at the patient’s home. Community paramedics are trained in disease prevention, management, and wellness in addition to emergency response.
Using a two-group parallel design, 150 adults will be randomly assigned to 1 month of Diabetes-REM or usual care. Both groups will receive education materials on hypoglycemia/diabetes and clinical/community resources. One group, comprised of 75 patients, will also be cared for by community paramedics at no cost to them. Study measures will include surveys (completed by participants in both arms) and an interview (completed by a subset of participants in the arm receiving community paramedic support).
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