Research & Program Areas

The CarePartner Program: Diabetes, Depression, and Heart Failure in the Rural Midwest

With support from the VA Office of Rural Health, CMCD investigators implemented the CarePartner Program in 16 midwestern VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinics. The goal of the program was to improve self-management support for rural patients with complex chronic conditions who often have difficulty traveling to clinics for face-to-face self-care education and monitoring.

Over 500 patients with diabetes, heart failure, or depression enrolled in the program. More than 80% of diabetes patients improved their ability to treat low blood sugar, treat high blood sugar, check their blood pressure, and manage their diet. Ninety-five percent of diabetes patients said that the information provided by the automated assessment and self-care support system was helpful, 92% said it was easy to use, and 85% said it provided helpful hints for managing diabetes. Diabetes, heart failure, and depressed patients reported better mental health and better physical functioning as a result of being in the program.

Learn more about the CarePartner Program.

For more information, contact Nicolle Marinec


Depression, Diabetes, Heart Failure, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), Mobile Health, Multiple Chronic Conditions, Rural

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