We are partnering with academic centers and professional organizations to conduct peer-reviewed, relevant research for physicians.
Digital Health Program for Diabetes Risk Reduction
Castro Sweet CM, Chiguluri V, Gumpina R, et al. J Aging Health. Epub ahead of print. Published online January 24, 2017.
Older adults at risk of diabetes lost an average of 7.5% of body weight and improved other risk factors through a remote, digital version of the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), which was offered as a Medicare Advantage plan benefit.
Missed Opportunities for HPV Vaccination
Espinosa C, Woods C, Marshall G, et al. Poster presentation at: Pediatric Academic Society. April 30 - May 3, 2016; Baltimore, MD.
In over half (53%) of vaccine-related office visits (n=12,940) for adolescent girls in this study, the HPV vaccine was not given, representing nearly 7,000 missed opportunities.
Variations in Health Coaching Goals
Wallace A, Bogard M, Kukreja V, et al. Poster presentation at: 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. March 30 - April 2, 2016; Washington, DC.
In this study of health coaching data, women were more likely to set lifestyle-related goals, while men were more likely to set condition-related goals.
Comparative Multi-season Effectiveness of Three Influenza Vaccines for Timely Vaccination of a Medicare Advantage Population
Compared with HD-3V (high dose trivalent) vaccine, standard dose vaccines were less protective against influenza over three seasons in a population of individuals age ≥ 65 years. Sex, general morbidity and race were also associated with infection risk.
Synchronization of Medication Refill Dates and Adherence
Doshi JA, Lim R, Li P, et al. Health Affairs. 2016;35(8):1504-1512.
In this prospective controlled study, synchronizing prescription refill dates of multiple medications increased adherence up to 5 percentage points relative to control.
Direct Patient Messaging and Statin Adherence in Diabetes
Reese PP, Kessler JB, Doshi JA, et al. J Gen Intern Med. 2016;31(4):402-10.
Provision of direct reports to patients regarding their medication adherence interventions had no observable impact on their adherence levels in two randomized controlled pilot trials.
Effectiveness of Medication Adherence Reminders Tied to “Fresh Start” Dates: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Dai H, Mao D, Riis J, et al. JAMA Cardiol. Epub ahead of print. Published online February 8, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2016.5794
Contrary to expectations, a randomized controlled trial revealed that timing medication reminders to arrive near New Year’s Day or a birthday did not improve medication adherence.
Impact of Antidepressant Medication Adherence on Health-Related Quality of Life Among Older Adults with Newly Diagnosed Major Depressive Disorder
Treviño L, Cordier T, Renda A et al. Poster presentation at: American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. May 20-24, 2017. San Diego, CA.
This comparison of Healthy Days survey responses and antidepressant medication adherence found that adherence was associated with 3.6 fewer mentally unhealthy days and 1.4 fewer physically unhealthy days.
Comorbid Arthritis Is Associated With Lower Health-Related Quality of Life in Older Adults With Other Chronic Conditions
On average, older adults with arthritis and at least one of four other chronic conditions reported significantly more activity-limited days and physically, mentally, and total unhealthy days than those without arthritis but with the same chronic conditions. The findings have implications for disease management programs.
A Bold Goal – More Healthy Days Through Improved Community Health
This paper presents Humana’s methods for measuring progress toward its goal of 20% improvement in health by 2020 in the communities we serve. The paper also reports results for our first year of tracking and describes our community-based interventions.
Food Insecurity in Primary Care Patients
McGrath E, Renda A, Eaker E, et al. Poster presentation at: 2017 Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference. March 27-31, 2017. Colorado Springs, CO.
Humana partnered with Feeding America to survey patients attending three primary care clinics. Results revealed high levels of food insecurity, which was associated with poorer quality of life (more unhealthy days).
Quality of Life and Progressing Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
Cordier T, Slabaugh SL, Haugh G, et al. Poster Presentation at 19th-annual scientific meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America. September 26-29, 2015. National Harbor, MD.
This retrospective study found that quality of life worsens as CHF progresses, with as many as four to seven incremental unhealthy days per month.