Project SEED: Support, Education and Evaluation in Diabetes (LT09-277)

Main institution:
University of Pittsburgh

Other institution:
Partners in Health Diabetes Self Management Education Program

Principal investigator:
Janice Zgibor

Other investigators:
Sharlene Emerson; Kristine Ruppert; Gretchen Piatt

Location of the project:
Pittsburgh, USA

Amount allocated:
USD 396,651

October 1, 2010 - September 30, 2013

With the increasing of diabetes incidence and resource constraints worldwide, it is increasingly important to develop and evaluate low-cost interventions in high risk communities. The proposed study will determine if integrating community workers (CW) in rural, underserved communities to provide self-management support will improve patient outcomes. This intervention will be compared with standard diabetes self-management education, which is not supported by CW. Training, a web-site and supervision from diabetes educators will be available to the CW as an ongoing resource. We will evaluate patient outcomes, CW satisfaction and retention rates, and the long term impact and sustainability of the project.

Results to date

73rd Scientific Sessions of the ADA, Chicago (USA), June 2013
74rd Scientific Sessions of the ADA, San Francisco (USA), June 2014
North American Primary Care Research Group 2015 annual meeting, Cancun (Mexico), October 2015


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.