The New York City Research and Improvement Networking Group (NYC RING)

Diabetes Mapping Intervention

This project is a randomized prospective cohort study which will evaluate and measure the efficacy of the Diabetes Conversation Map in promoting behavioral changes in diabetic patients with the goal of improving self-management and care

Participating Practices
Montefiore Medical Center sites in Bronx, NY– Family Health Center (FHC); Comprehensive Health Care Center (CHCC); Comprehensive Family Care Center (CFCC); West Farms Family Practice; Bronx East

Principal Investigator
Diane McKee, MD, MS

Project Timeline
Anticipated Launch: August 2011

Study Overview
The Diabetes Conversation Map, used in conjunction with individual education sessions, serves to reinforce self-management skills and increase self-efficacy in diabetic patients with the goal of ultimately leading to improved diabetic outcomes. The map program is composed of five modules which will provide an overview of diabetes, the relationship between diabetes and food, the concepts of blood glucose and insulin, the natural course of uncontrolled diabetes’ potential long-term complications, and basic information on gestational diabetes for expectant mothers. The maps are intended for use in group sessions of three to ten people with each map session running about one to two hours. Trained health educators will lead session discussions and move group participants from one end of the “map” to the other. This study will evaluate the impact the Diabetes Conversation Map has on diabetic patients’ knowledge, skills, and confidence for self-management and self care activities. Measurements will also be made of the impact the Diabetes Conversation Map has on diabetic patients’ quality of life and diabetic intermediate outcomes (HgA1 C levels). The study also aims to gain an understanding of participants’ interest and participation in group sessions as part of the Diabetes Conversation Map and describe the health educators’ experiences with implementing the Diabetes Conversation Map groups among patients with a low socio-economic status.

Contact information:
Jennifer Leone, MPH, RD, CHES, jleone@montefiore.org
Claudia Lechuga, claudia.lechuga@einstein.yu.edu

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