January 26, 2017
PAM Level predicts control of diabetes and pre-diabetes, and predicts likelihood of developing diabetes
A new study of data from Fairview Health Services finds that PAM level is an accurate predictor of health issues.
Higher PAM level predicted better control of clinical indicators in patients with diabetes. In patients with pre-diabetes, PAM level predicted better control of clinical indicators, and those who were in PAM Level 4 in 2011 had lower odds of having a hospitalization compared to those in PAM Level 1. In patients without diabetes or pre-diabetes in 2011, higher PAM level was associated with lower odds of developing pre-diabetes.
More activated patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes had better outcomes than less activated patients, and more activated patients without diabetes or pre-diabetes were less likely to develop pre-diabetes over a three-year period.
With this in mind, developing strategies to improve patient activation may be useful to help curb the diabetes epidemic.