A novel endocrinology-based wellness program to reduce medication expenditures and improve glycemic outcomes

J. Gary Evans, David R. Sutton, Lorraine H. Dajani, J. Sample Magee, Ricardo A. Silva, Miguel F. Roura, Khurram Wadud, John A. Purcell, Stefano Travaglini, Scott A. Segel, Senan Sultan, Melissa S. Roffman, Salwa S. Ayad, Nancy Hart, Steven M. Smith

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Aims: The purpose of this study was to determine the difference in diabetes-related medication expenditures as a result of a 16-week lifestyle intervention program. Medical expenditures for patients with diabetes are twice as high compared to patients without this condition. Secondary objectives were changes in HbA1C, BMI, weight, body fat, and program satisfaction. Methods: The Wellness Life! Program includes educational sessions focused on nutrition, fitness, and behavioral therapy. Medication costs were based on Average Wholesale Prices, tabulated from the 2010 Red Book. Results: A total of 36 patients (49-80 years old) enrolled, of which 27 patients have diabetes mellitus (Type 2 = 26, Type 1 = 1). Mean 30-day anti-diabetic medication costs decreased by $142.92. Clinical mean parameters improved in both the overall group and the diabetic subgroup, respectively: HbA1C (%) -0.69, -0.82; weight (lbs) -16.94, -17.11; BMI -2.73, -2.88; and body fat (%) -1.71, -1.79. Participants were generally satisfied with the program. Conclusions: Employing a multidisciplinary wellness program within an endocrinology practice can reduce anti-diabetic medication expenses; however, long term follow-up is needed to determine if medication reductions and improved clinical parameters persist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-90
Number of pages4
JournalDiabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Endocrinology
Health Expenditures
Health Promotion
Adipose Tissue
Weights and Measures
Costs and Cost Analysis
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Life Style
Therapeutics

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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A novel endocrinology-based wellness program to reduce medication expenditures and improve glycemic outcomes. / Evans, J. Gary; Sutton, David R.; Dajani, Lorraine H.; Magee, J. Sample; Silva, Ricardo A.; Roura, Miguel F.; Wadud, Khurram; Purcell, John A.; Travaglini, Stefano; Segel, Scott A.; Sultan, Senan; Roffman, Melissa S.; Ayad, Salwa S.; Hart, Nancy; Smith, Steven M.

In: Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews, Vol. 7, No. 2, 01.04.2013, p. 87-90.

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Evans, JG, Sutton, DR, Dajani, LH, Magee, JS, Silva, RA, Roura, MF, Wadud, K, Purcell, JA, Travaglini, S, Segel, SA, Sultan, S, Roffman, MS, Ayad, SS, Hart, N & Smith, SM 2013, 'A novel endocrinology-based wellness program to reduce medication expenditures and improve glycemic outcomes', Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 87-90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsx.2013.02.016
Evans, J. Gary ; Sutton, David R. ; Dajani, Lorraine H. ; Magee, J. Sample ; Silva, Ricardo A. ; Roura, Miguel F. ; Wadud, Khurram ; Purcell, John A. ; Travaglini, Stefano ; Segel, Scott A. ; Sultan, Senan ; Roffman, Melissa S. ; Ayad, Salwa S. ; Hart, Nancy ; Smith, Steven M. / A novel endocrinology-based wellness program to reduce medication expenditures and improve glycemic outcomes. In: Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews. 2013 ; Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 87-90.
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