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Posts made in October, 2011

PAMFRI Study on Diabetes Management Programs for Economically Disadvantaged Patients Published

Dominick Frosch, Ph.D., associate investigator at PAMF Research Institute

The Archives of Internal Medicine have published three randomized controlled trials which examine the effectiveness of behavioral and educational interventions for patients with poorly controlled diabetes. One of the three research trials was directed by Dominick Frosch, Ph.D., associate investigator with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) Research Institute (PAMFRI).

The study conducted by Dr. Frosch, with colleagues from the University of California, Los Angeles, examined the effectiveness of a disease management program among socially and economically disadvantaged patients with poorly controlled diabetes.

The study included 201 patients (72 percent African American or Latino; 74 percent with annual incomes of less than or equal to $15,000) with poorly controlled diabetes. Participants were randomized to receive either an intervention package consisting of a 24-minute video behavior support intervention with a workbook and five sessions of telephone coaching by a trained diabetes nurse (treatment group), or a 20-page brochure developed by the National Diabetes Education Program (control group). Read More

PAMF Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Program for Community

Cancer patients, survivors, families and the community are invited to join the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Mountain View on Saturday, October 22 and Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 29 for two free programs dedicated to increasing awareness about cancer, prevention and survivorship. The events titled,  Breast Cancer — From Prevention to Survivorship, will include speakers and refreshments. Read More