Online Program

Improving health outcomes through use of disease registries and care coordination for patients with co-occurring diabetes and mental illness

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Judith A. Cook, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Pamela Steigman, MA, Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
There is growing empirical evidence that individuals with severe mental illnesses experience higher than average rates of chronic and life-threatening diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and pulmonary diseases, which together lead to greater death and disability than the general population.  The growing incidence of diabetes is well documented in the general population and among individuals with mental illness. This burgeoning incidence of diabetes in this population due in part attributable to lifestyle factors, obesity, and/or pharmacologic treatments for mental illness.Diabetes poses a huge burden on the health and quality of life of this population as well as tangible and intangible costs to society.

Evidence is available for the use of diabetes registries in improving health outcomes of the general population, but there is little research about the use of this model among patients with mental illness and co-occurring diabetes. Disease registries can help curtail medical costs and improve integration and comprehensiveness of care.

This presentation will describe the implementation of a disease registry and care coordination for individuals with severe mental illness and co-occurring diabetes. Findings will include changes in health outcomes following implementation of this registry.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the leading causes of mortality and morbidity among individuals with mental illness; Describe the disease burden of diabetes for individuals with severe mental illnesses. Evaluate disease registries and their use in coordination of care for chronic medical and mental health conditions.

Keyword(s): Diabetes, Mental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Mental Health Research and Policy at UIC with extensive research and publications in the area of mental health services research. Related research includes studies of the prevalence of depressive disorders in a cohort of women-headed families on welfare, and randomized controlled trials of peer-led mental illness self-management interventions on adults with disabling depression.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.