Primary Care-Based Health Coaching for the Management of Prediabetes

Am J Lifestyle Med. 2017 Apr 11;12(2):175-178. doi: 10.1177/1559827617702074. eCollection 2018 Mar-Apr.

Abstract

Introduction. Prediabetes is a prevalent disease that has been associated with its own health risks and is a known precursor of type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle interventions are known to effectively treat prediabetes but are often not offered to patients within a primary care setting. Study Design. Exploratory and descriptive study. Objective. To assess if the use of a health coaching intervention among primary care patients, with prediabetes, warrants further examination. Methods. A retrospective chart review was conducted for all patients who had prediabetes and received health coaching at the Ambulatory Practice of the Future between 2012 and 2014. Discussion. A health coaching intervention used among primary care patients, with prediabetes, deserves further examination, as participants had a significant reduction in hemoglobin A1c and weight over 2 years.

Keywords: health coaching; prediabetes; primary care; weight loss.