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Improving Interventions to Address Low-Uptake of Social Care Resources

Project Title:

Understanding patient interest and engagement with social care assistance offered through guided self-navigation or in-person assistance 


Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN)


The aims of this project are to: 1) describe demographic, clinical and psychosocial characteristics of individuals who do and do not engage with offered social care assistance through either guided online self-navigation or in person/telephone assistance; and 2) understand motivators and barriers to engagement with and uptake of offered assistance through guided online self-navigator or in-person/telephone assistance. We aim for this study to provide information for improving future interventions to address low-uptake of social care resources.

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Study Dates:

1/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


  • Patel MR, Smith A, Torby M, Isaacson N, Cohen AJ. Predictors of interest in offered social care assistance among people with uncontrolled diabetes. Population Health Management, 2022 Dec;25(6):744-752.

  • Leung CW, Heisler M. Patel MR. Multiple Social Risk Factors are Adversely Associated with Diabetes Management and Psychosocial Outcomes among Adults with Diabetes. Prev Med Rep. 2022 Aug 19;29:101957.

  • Cohen AJ, Isaacson N*, Torby M*, Smith A, Zhang G*, Patel MR. Motivators, barriers, and preferences to engagement with offered social care assistance among people with diabetes: a mixed methods study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2022 Sept; 63(3); Supp 2: S152.

  • Patel MR, Jagsi R, Resnicow K, Smith SN, Hamel LM, Su C*, Griggs JJ, Buchanan D*, Isaacson N*, Torby M*. A scoping review of behavioral interventions addressing medical financial hardship. Popul Health Manag. 2021 May 14.

  • Patel MR. Social Determinants of Poor Management of Type 2 Diabetes among the Insured. Curr Diab Rep. 2020 Nov 5;20(11):67.

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