Development of a Community Health Worker–Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Training Intervention for Individuals With Diabetes and Chronic Pain

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Abstract

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs have the potential to improve quality of life in individuals with chronic pain and diabetes. Rural communities often lack the infrastructure necessary to implement such programs. CBT traditionally requires trained therapists, who are rarely available in these areas. An alternative may be programs delivered by community health workers (CHWs). We present an iterative developmental approach that combined program adaptation, pretesting, and CHW training processes for a CBT-based diabetes self-care program for individuals living with diabetes and chronic pain. Collaborative intervention refinement, combined with CHW training, is a promising methodology for community-engaged research in remote, underresourced communities.

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