Effectiveness of a Peer Support Program in Disease Management Regarding Improvement of Metabolic Control, Diabetes Management Self-Efficacy, Quality of Life, and Risk Profile (LT09-261)

Main institution:
Paracelsus Medical University

Other institution:
Salzburg General Hospital

Principal investigator:
Andreas Soennichsen

Other investigators:
Raimund Weitgasser; Henrike Winkler; Sophie Keller; Tim Johansson

Location of the project:
Salzburg, Austria

Amount allocated:
USD 399,869

Date:
June 1, 2010 - August 31, 2013

Objectives:
Knowledge and expertise regarding proper treatment of diabetes mellitus type 2 (T2DM) don’t translate well into diabetes care. Even disease management programs (DMP) appear to have rather small effects. Emphasizing patient self management and peer support are promising new approaches in diabetes care beyond DMP. We therefore propose a study evaluating a peer support program centered on patient self management. The intervention under investigation will be that peer groups of diabetic patients will exercise together, meet to talk about personal, social and emotional issues regarding diabetes and have access to support by MDs, dieticians, clinical psychologists and physical education trainers.

Results to date :

Posters/Presentations:

- “Forum Medizin 21”, a congress for General Practice and Family Medicine in Salzburg (September 2011)

- World Diabetes Congress, Dubai, December 2011

- ÖDG Congress (Austrian Diabetes Association) in Salzburg (November 2011)

- EbM Congress of the German Network for Evidence-based Medicine, Hamburg, 2012

- 47 Kongress für Allgeimenmedin un Familienmedizin, Munich, September, 2013

- World Diabetes Congress, Melbourne (Australia), December 2013

Articles

- ÖGAM News, “Ausgabe 12”

- Salzburger Nachrichten "'Diabetes: Hilfe in der Gruppe", December 2012

- Salzburgorf.at "Gesundheitsprojekt für Diabetiker boomt" December 2012

- Salzburg 24 "Salzburger Pilotprojekt für Diabetespatienten zeigt erste Erfolge", December 2012

- Salzburger Volkszeitung "Diabetes-patienten haben Zucherwert mit Sport im Griff" December 2012

- "Can a peer support intervention improve type 2 diabetes outcomes?", Diabetes Voice, June 2014

 

Project completed in September 2013

BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) is a programme initiated by the International Diabetes Federation, and supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.