DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Diabetes is a growing public health concern. Although we know that lifestyle modifications such as proper diet, exercise, medication, and glucose testing are effective in improving glycemic control, there is little known about how patients who have been successful at maintaining A1c have implemented specific strategies in everyday life. The hypothesis is that effective diabetes self-management practices can be identified using qualitative research to study individuals who have been successful, and can be used in healthcare interventions. The aims of this proposal are: (1) identify the self-management practices of people with type 2 diabetes that are associated with successful glucose control (A1c 7.0, ADA). Poor self-management leads to poor glucose control;however, there is little information about the relationship of specific patient self-care practices to glycemic control. Determining the practices that contribute to A1c success could have a substantial public health impact on managing the diabetes epidemic and improve the treatment of diabetes that drive the field.
|Effective start/end date||1/15/11 → 12/31/14|