A Study to Inform Health Communications Regarding the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program: A Summary of Focus Group Findings for the Minnesota Department of Health

Wilder conducted focus groups with State Employee Group Insurance Program participants who have been diagnosed with diabetes to learn about barriers to participation in Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) and identify communication formats and messaging that will be most effective in increasing participation in DSMES.




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Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program

Diabetes self-management education and support is an evidence-based program designed to engage people with diabetes in setting goals, developing self-care skills, and adopting healthy behaviors in order to improve their quality of life and reduce their risk of health complications. This program is available to all Minnesota state employees with a diabetes diagnosis who participate in the State Employee Group Insurance Program. Minnesota Department of Health contracted with Wilder Research to conduct a literature review and focus groups to inform communication strategies that encourage program participation.

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