The peer coaching intervention is modeled on lifestyle and medication adherence interventions we have developed for diabetes in collaboration with community partners now spanning over 6 years. The peer coaches prefer structured programs, thus we use that approach here.
We use a partnership approach to intervention development. We have learned from our participants that they greatly value lifestyle modification in any health-related intervention, as reflected in the fact that 93% of Encourage study participants chose to work on diet and exercise to improve their diabetes “numbers” rather than working on medication adherence. Responding to this request, the intervention includes chapters on healthy eating and exercise to enhance engagement.
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