Resources

Here you'll find new evidence, guidance and ongoing studies from various sources across a variety of conditions of relevance to different audiences.

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Helping Adults with Serious Mental Illness Improve Their Health and Wellness

This research project is in progress. PCORI will post the research findings on this page within 90 days after the results are final. What is the research about? Serious mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia can make it hard for a person to get the health care they need, and their health problems may not be diagnosed or may get worse.

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PCORI Helps Patients Make Treatment Decisions

Watch this video of a prostate cancer survivor talk about helping patients make treatment decisions

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Does Daily Self-Monitoring of Blood Sugar Levels Improve Blood Sugar Control and Quality of Life for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Who Do Not Use Insulin?

For the nearly 75% of patients living with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) who do not use insulin, decisions regarding self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) is unclear. SMBG testing is a resource-intensive activity without firmly established patient benefits. While SMBG holds great promise for sparking favorable behavioral change, the potential for no benefit or even patient harm must be acknowledged. Possible negative effects on patient quality of life must be more closely examined along with the speculative benefits of SMBG in non-insulin–treated T2DM.

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Treating Chronic Pain Using Approaches Adapted for Patients with Limited Reading Skills

Chronic pain is a significant public health problem that affects more than 116 million Americans; costs $600 billion annually; and is unequally borne by people in low-income brackets, especially ethnic minorities. Many individuals also have health literacy deficits (difficulty understanding their illness and difficulty navigating the healthcare system for treatment), putting them at a greater disadvantage in the healthcare system. Treatment usually relies on expensive medical interventions with negative side effects.

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IBI Benchmarking Analytics: Disability Leaves for Five Common Types of Cancer | Integrated Benefits Institute
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Comparing Three Methods to Help Patients Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a complicated disease that can cause heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and eye problems. Patients with diabetes need to monitor their blood sugar, follow a diabetic diet, exercise regularly, take multiple medications, and get regular checkups of their blood pressure, cholesterol, eyes, and feet. To assist with organizing these tasks, a community health worker, attached to a patient’s clinic, can help patients understand the care of their diabetes and keep patients in contact with their doctors.

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Diabetes Archives | Integrated Benefits Institute

Check-out IBI research and reports on diabetes

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Health and Productivity Impact of Chronic Conditions: Depression and Other Mood Disorders | Integrated Benefits Institute

Check-out IBI's downloadable reports and infographics

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Fighting Depression with the Power of Community

Inner-city minority groups have reduced access to traditional treatment services for depression; a partnership in Los Angeles expands on existing community resources to improve access to evidence-based services in a community-wide strategy.

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Long-Term Outcomes of Community Engagement to Address Depression Outcomes Disparities

This study extends an existing study in Los Angeles that is partnered between academic and community and client stakeholders. The study has the long-term goal of learning collaboratively how to eliminate disparities in outcomes for persons with depression by improving information and services in inner-city communities of color, using two Los Angeles communities as examples.