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PCORI Highlights UTHSC Study to Help African Americans with Uncontrolled Diabetes Better Manage Their Health

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an independent nonprofit whose mission is to help people make informed healthcare decisions, recently shone a spotlight on research being done by the Diabetes Wellness and Prevention Coalition (DWPC), one of the cornerstone initiatives of the UTHSC Tennessee Population Health Consortium.
PCORI featured the Management of Diabetes in Everyday Life (MODEL) project in a story and video on its website and its weekly newsletter. The MODEL study examines how text messaging and health coaching can empower patients with uncontrolled diabetes to better care for themselves through healthy eating, physical activity, and medication taking habits. In the PCORI story and video, patient expert advisors, Blanch Thomas and Ruthie Tate speak with Dr. Jim Bailey, principal investigator on the study, about how the MODEL program helped improve self-management of diabetes, by recognizing what Blanch alludes to: people will trust most that which they understand, and those who make them feel understood.
Results of the MODEL study were selected for presentation by Bailey in a 2022 PCORI Annual Meeting panel on utilizing telehealth to fight health disparities.

PCORI is the leading funder of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research in the United States. The institute funds comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER), which compares two or more medical treatments, services, or health practices to help patients and other stakeholders make better informed decisions. Read more about PCORI.