Effectiveness of a group diabetic education programme using motivational interviewing in underserved communities in South Africa: Pragmatic cluster randomized control trial (ST09-040)

Main institution:
Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Other institutions:
Sub-Saharan African Centre for Chronic Diseases; Department of Health, Provincial Government of the Western Cape (South Africa)

Principal investigator:
Robert Mash

Other investigators:
Naomi Levitt; Krisela Steyn; Merrick Zwarenstein; Stephen Rollnick

Location of the project:
Cape Town, South Africa

Amount allocated:
USD 65.000

Date:
April 1, 2010 - March 31, 2012

Objectives:
The Western Cape, South Africa has a large number of people living with diabetes and this number is predicted to increase substantially over the next few years. The majority of people with diabetes are looked after by nurses in the public sector at health centres and clinics. The quality of care is generally poor and education is performed in an ad hoc and unpredictable manner. This project intends to evaluate a structured group educational programme, supported by appropriate educational materials and delivered by health promoters who have been trained in better communication (motivational interviewing). This approach has never been evaluated in our context and if effective can be implemented widely.

Results to date:

   Presentations:

  • Semi annual Global Health Initiative Steering Committee, USA, October 2011
  • 21st World Diabetes Congress, Dubai (UAE), December 2011
  • South African National Family Practitioners Conference, Cape Town (South Africa), 2013

   Publications:

 *Project completed April 2012

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.