This case study was prepared by Kristene Cristobal of Cristobal Consulting, contracted evaluator for the Spreading Solutions That Work program.

Group visits allow diabetes patients to spend more time with their providers, while also offering them support from their fellow patients. These visits facilitate more patients being seen per unit of time, and patients and providers are more satisfied.

Diabetes, which is particularly pervasive in the Hispanic community, is an especially challenging disease because of the need for self-management, such as taking prescribed medications and following diet and exercise regimens. Barriers to successfully living with diabetes include lack of knowledge, self-confidence or skills to manage diabetes, and the financial resources for medications and supplies.

East Valley Community Health Center implemented diabetes group visits to improve their patients’ health and overcome these obstacles within their English- and Spanish-speaking populations.