Meals for Me: Managing Diabetes at Home

Meals for Me: Managing Diabetes at Home

This study aims to:

Assess the impact of medically-tailored meals program on diabetes management and mental health in comparison to usual care without such program.
Assess the differential impact of two delivery models being considered for payment by the health system on diabetes management and mental health: once-a-week frozen drop shipment model versus daily warm meal delivery model that is more complex to implement but allows for human connection and easier meal preparation.

Implementation of program:
Meals on Wheels (MoW) of Central Texas (MOWCTX) in Austin, Texas, will provide the meals and delivery service in this study. Meals are all medically tailored (diabetes friendly) and design by MOWCT’s team of Registered Dietitians.
Older adults, 55 and over, living in the Austin city limits with poorly controlled diabetes; Inclusion criteria:

Adult 55-90
Hemoglobin A1C >=7.5 (as measured at baseline)
Living in Austin city limits and within a MOWCTX daily delivery route
Interested and available to receive meals during delivery window time
Has access to a freezer and a microwave
Pass a MOWCTX background check

Eligible participants will be recruited from selected Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Austin area, MOWCTX clients on waitlist, and other (e.g. Medicaid recipients).
Participants will be randomized to one of three arms: 1) Waitlisted control; 2) Weekly frozen drop shipment of MTM 3) Daily Warm delivery of MTM with in-person check-ins during delivery.
Phase 1 (first 6 months) The intervention arms will receive their assigned method of meal delivery (weekly frozen or daily warm), for a total of 10 meals a week, including two main meals per day and snacks. The control arm will not receive any meals during this phase. All arms will receive printed educational materials at baseline.
Phase 2 (month 6 to 12) All arms will receive 5 meals a week delivered via the traditional meal services from MOWCTX, which includes one hot meal plus a snack delivered daily.
Primary outcome is Hemoglobin A1C and secondary outcomes include depression as measured by PHQ-8 and other mental health measures.

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January 13, 2023Comments | Endocrinology Clinical Trials | Endocrinology Studies | US National Library of Medicine