Community health workers (CHWs) have gained prominence in health care, recognizing the influence of community and environment on health. This study evaluates CHWs' efforts to assess patients' readiness to change and facilitate self-management goal setting. Six pairs of community health centers were randomly assigned to employ CHWs on health care teams. Each team worked with a defined population of patients. We assessed changes in documented patient self-management goals and clinical measures from both control and intervention CHCs before and after deploying CHWs, finding a significant increase in self-management goal setting between the intervention and control health centers.
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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester (Drs Hargraves and Ferguson; Ms Lemay); and Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Boston, Massachusetts (Ms Pernice).
Correspondence: J. Lee Hargraves, PhD, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Ave North, Worcester, MA 01655 (Lee.Hargraves@umassmed.edu).
Disclosure of funding: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.
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