Diabetes Digital App Technology: Benefits, Challenges, and Recommendations. A Consensus Report by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Technology Working Group

G. Alexander Fleming, John R. Petrie, Richard M. Bergenstal, Reinhard W. Holl, Anne L. Peters, Lutz Heinemann. Diabetes Care 2020 Jan; 43(1): 250-260.   Commentary by Neal Kaufman   As the availability of digital therapeutics increase at an extraordinary rapid rate it becomes critical that these approaches are able to demonstrate safety and efficacy. This […]

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Food for Thought: Resilience Is the Courage to Grow from Stress

By Wendy Wood   Resilience is the courage to grow from stress. But, how do we become more proficient at becoming more resilient?   Here are some ideas: Resilience is: the building of our inner resources, and, the identification of reliable external resources. Resilience is: self-confidence that supports fear-management. Resilience is: the ability to stabilize […]

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Upgrading Canary Coaches Diabetes Prevention Services

By Neal Kaufman, MD, MPH l General Manager, Canary Coaches   Over the 12 years since we first launched our digital Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), we have annually made significant improvements in our approach based on changes in the DPP curriculum and advances in the digital delivery of interventions. We are currently engaged in a […]

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Diabetes Prevention Coaching in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Dawn Menning, MS, RD, CDE   We all are living through unimaginable changes and challenges in our everyday life.  Who would have thought that the entire world would shut down and we would all need to keep isolated from loved ones, friends, and co-workers.   With that backdrop, Canary Coaches has continued to support and engage […]

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Peer Support Programs: A Missing Piece and Perfect Complement to Population Health Strategies

Interview of Dr. Marcus Thygeson, M.D., M.P.H. by Adam Kaufman   As defined on Wikipedia: Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters… and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, reflective listening (reflecting […]

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Universality of Self-Efficacy

Increasing self-efficacy – one’s capacity to identify actions that improve one’s life and the confidence to accomplish those actions – has been shown to:1 Accelerate health behavior change (e.g. healthy eating, medication adherence) Reduce depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders Diminish social isolation Improve system navigation and health program uptake   Importantly, the impact of self-efficacy […]

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The Patient Engagement Capacity Model: What Factors Determine a Patient’s Ability to Engage?

This month we feature an article by C.J. Sieck, et al, The Patient Engagement Capacity Model: What Factors Determine a Patient’s Ability to Engage?  Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, Sieck et al start their article describing the “Promise and Challenge of Patient Engagement” and then proceed to present their “Engagement Capacity […]

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Seeing the Success of Others Makes us More Likely to Succeed

We were glad to see the interest in Paul’s article from last month’s Canary Health newsletter about designing digital interventions to highlight behavioral modeling.  Providing behavioral modeling is one of the key approaches to increasing an individual’s self-efficacy — i.e. the confidence in one’s ability to set a goal and accomplish it. Increasing self-efficacy has […]

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Story-telling, Only Part of Designing for Behavioral Modeling

The core outcome of the Better Choices, Better Health® (BCBH) program is to increase participants’ self-efficacy.  Across the entire program we’re deliberate about how we design not only to engage and delight our participants, but also to ensure we increase their self-efficacy. In 1977[i] Albert Bandura defined self-efficacy as “the belief in one’s capabilities to […]

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Increasing Self-Efficacy Accelerates Successful Behavior Change

Over 40 years ago, Albert Bandura postulated that self-efficacy was important for individuals and societies to be able to be successful.  Many others have subsequently validated his concepts.  Self-efficacy serves as the core element of a wide variety of interventions. “Self-efficacy is the belief we have in our own abilities, specifically our ability to meet […]

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