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

June 1, 2010 - August 31, 2013

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 :

“Forum Medizin 21”, a congress for General Practice and Family Medicine in Salzburg (Austria), September 2011
World Diabetes Congress, Dubai UAE), December 2011
ÖDG Congress (Austrian Diabetes Association), Salzburg (Austria), November 2011
EbM Congress of the German Network for Evidence-based Medicine, Hamburg (Germany), 2012
47 Kongress für Allgeimenmedin un Familienmedizin, Munich (Germany), September, 2013
World Diabetes Congress, Melbourne (Australia), December 2013
EbM Congress of the German Network for Evidence-based Medicine, Halle (Germany), March 2014
49. Kongress für Allgemeinmedizin und Familienmedizin, Bolzano (Italy), September 2015
World Diabetes Congress, Vancover (Canada), December 2015

- 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

"Effectiveness of a peer support programme versus usual care in disease management of diabetes mellitus type 2 regarding improvement of metabolic control – a cluster-randomised controlled trial" Journal of Diabetes Research, September 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.