Impact of an intensive lifestyle intervention on use and cost of medical services among overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes: the action for health in diabetes
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relative impact of an intensive lifestyle intervention (ILI) on use and costs of health care within the Look AHEAD trial. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: A total of 5,121 overweight or obese adults with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to an ILI that promoted weight loss or to a comparison condition of diabetes support and education (DSE). Use and costs of health-care services were recorded across an average of 10 years. RESULTS: ILI led to reductions in annual hospitalizations (11%, P = 0.004), hospital days (15%, P = 0.01), and number of medications (6%, P < 0.001), resulting in cost savings for hospitalization (10%, P = 0.04) and medication (7%, P < 0.001). ILI produced a mean relative per-person 10-year cost savings of $5,280 (95% CI 3,385-7,175); however, these were not evident among individuals with a history of cardiovascular disease. CONCLUSIONS: Compared with DSE over 10 years, ILI participants had fewer hospitalizations, fewer medications, and lower health-care costs.
Espeland, Mark A.; Glick, Henry A.; Bertoni, Alain; Brancati, Frederick L.; Bray, George A.; Clark, Jeanne M.; Curtis, Jeffrey M.; Egan, Caitlin; Evans, Mary; Foreyt, John P.; Ghazarian, Siran; Gregg, Edward W.; Hazuda, Helen P.; Hill, James O.; Hire, Don; Horton, Edward S.; Hubbard, Van S.; Jakicic, John M.; Jeffery, Robert W.; Johnson, Karen C.; Kahn, Steven E.; Killean, Tina; Kitabchi, Abbas E.; Knowler, William C.; Kriska, Andrea; Lewis, Cora E.; Miller, Marsha; Montez, Maria G.; Murillo, Anne; Nathan, David M.; Nyenwe, Ebenezer; Patricio, Jennifer; and Peters, Anne L., "Impact of an intensive lifestyle intervention on use and cost of medical services among overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes: the action for health in diabetes" (2014). Loewenberg College of Nursing Faculty Publications. 73.