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Technology-Enabled Collaborative Care for Type 2 Diabetes and Mental Health: A protocol for a feasibility study

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Diana Sherifali

McMaster University, Canada, CA
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Aim: Currently, individuals living with Type 2 diabetes (T2D) and mental health issues navigate a fragmented healthcare system to seek physical and mental health services, often without access to evidence-based health interventions, especially in non-academic settings or rural areas, increasing the barriers at the individual and healthcare provider level. To address these gaps, we co-designed a person-centred Technology-Enabled Collaborative Care - Diabetes (TECC-D) model through iterative patient and provider input.

Methods: This study is currently recruiting 30 individuals (ages 18 years +) with T2D residing in Ontario, Canada to participate in the study. The TECC-D model leverages regularly available technology (telephone, text, video) with emphasis on integrating T2D and mental health support through weekly, virtual health coaching sessions with a Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator, supported by a multidisciplinary virtual care team, for up to 10 weeks. Assessments are completed at baseline, 4 and 10 weeks. Our primary outcomes are the feasibility and acceptability of the TECC-D model and virtual collaborative care for T2D and mental health. Exploratory outcomes consist of changes in mental health, substance use, and physical health behaviours. Stakeholder experience and satisfaction will also be explored through a qualitative descriptive study.

Results: Recruitment commenced in June 2021 and we have currently recruited 19 participants.  Feedback from stakeholders has been positive, particularly from participants who expressed satisfaction with: a) having regular access to support from the health coach; b) an integrated model that supports T2D and mental health and well-being; c) having flexibility in accessing the TECC-D model.  The main barriers and challenges to date have included: a) customizing technology for access, communication and data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conclusions: The TECC-D model study will determine if a technology-based collaborative care model is feasible, acceptable and improves the lives of individuals living with T2D and mental health concerns.
How to Cite: Sherifali D. Technology-Enabled Collaborative Care for Type 2 Diabetes and Mental Health: A protocol for a feasibility study. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2022;22(S3):450. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.ICIC22381
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Published on 04 Nov 2022.

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