Computer-based diabetes self-management interventions

May 7, 2013

Title: Computer-based diabetes self-management interventions for adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (Review)

Source: Cochrane Library

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Date of publication: March 2013 (assessed as up to date 14.11.11)

Publication type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: The review assessed effectiveness of computer based self management on health status and quality of life. It concluded that there is a small beneficial effect on blood glucose control but no evidence of benefits in other biological outcomes or cognitive, behavioural or emotional outcomes.

Length of publication: 150 pages pdf


Effect of Computer-Generated Tailored Feedback on Glycemic Control in People With Diabetes in the Community

August 8, 2011

Source: Diabetes Care. Published online before print June 16, 2011, doi: 10.2337/dc11-0006

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Date of publication: June 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Describes a Canadian RCT in which participants were randomly allocated to either receive or not receive periodic computer-generated, evidence-based feedback designed to facilitate improved glycemic control and diabetes self-management. No between-group differences in measures of quality of life, diabetes self-management behaviors, or clinical outcomes were observed. The researchers add that future research may investigate the mode of delivering feedback (social networking, email, texts) and the intensity of the message (greater emphasis on individualizing feedback) to determine the impact on overall management..

Length of publication: unknown

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Digital Pens Improve Treatment of Acute Diabetes in Germany

February 8, 2010

Source: EHealth News

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Date of publication: Nov 2009

Publication type: News story

In a nutshell: DiabCareOnline, from German company Ontaris, combines a blood glucose meter and patient diary with the Anoto digital pen and a mobile phone to enable faster communication of patient data. The new system is being rolled out to diabetes patients at Bethesda Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany.
When patients measure their blood sugar with the meter and fill in their patient diaries, the Anoto digital pen automatically captures their handwritten notes and converts them into digital format.

Length of publication: 1 web page


July 9, 2009

Source:   Diabetes UK

Date of publication:  June 2009

Publication type
:  Case study

In a nutshell:  Maslaha was commissioned by Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust to develop a new web based and DVD resource to engage Muslim patients in order to tackle the low rates of access to healthcare within the Muslim community and improve self management. This is a good example of shared practice because a wide range of stakeholders were engaged including patients and healthcare professionals.

Length of publication:  1 web page

Acknowledgement: Diabetes UK

Effectiveness of diabetes self-management education intervention elements

July 9, 2009

Title: Effectiveness of diabetes self-management education intervention elements: a meta-analysis

Source:  Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 01 March 2009, 33 (1) p.18-26

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Date of publication:  March 2009

Publication type:  Meta-analysis

In a nutshell:   This analysis examines differences in knowledge, self-management behaviours and metabolic control associated with diabetes self-management education (DSME) interventions. It highlights differences in outcomes for number of sessions, duration of intervention and provision of booster sessions.  It is useful to inform the design and development of effective DSME interventions. 

Length of publication:  8 pages

Acknowledgement  Cinahl

Facilitating patients’ diabetes self-management

June 7, 2009

Title: Facilitating patients’ diabetes self-management: a primary care intervention framework

Source: Journal of Nursing Care Quality; 24 (2) p.172-178

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Date of publication: April 2009

Publication type: Review

In a nutshell: This article outlines a primary care framework for diabetes self management (DSM), it includes a literature review considering patients perceptions and office based DSM programmes.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Acknowledgement: Cinahl