International Diabetes Federation Supports Study to Foster Improved Control of Type 2 Diabetes Through Motivational Interviews and Education

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 General News
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BRUSSELS and DALLAS, Texas, August 26 The InternationalDiabetes Federation (IDF) BRIDGES translational research grant program willfund a diabetes self-management education study in Dallas.

Self-management education is an important component in diabetes care anddesigned to help people with diabetes to gain and maintain control of theircondition. The Baylor Healthcare System (BHCS) project will add amotivational interviewing component to the diabetes education program todetermine if this will improve program completion rates and help people withdiabetes better manage their diabetes in the long-term.

The two-year project is a randomized controlled trial with adults whohave uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. Certified Diabetes Educators will conductthe motivational interviewing training and education. Patients in the studywill be followed to determine if the program has an impact on their diabetescontrol.

"This research will demonstrate the importance of facilitatingself-initiated behavioural change to control diabetes. It will also indicatethe significant potential for preventing diabetes complications and theimpact of the patient-centered approach of motivational interviewing inimproving the quality of life for persons with diabetes, said Dr. RobertMayberry, the lead investigator.

Much of the day to day management of diabetes is done by the person wholives with the disease. Programs that help patients learn to make healthydecisions regarding their care are important in the prevention of thelong-term complications related to the disease.

"Diabetes self-management programs are essential in the fight to preventdiabetes complications. Motivational interviews are an excellent addition tostrengthen this important component of diabetes care," said Dr. LindaSiminerio, Chair of the IDF BRIDGES Review Committee.

The Federation, through BRIDGES, is committed to converting researchfindings into useful practices for the provision of quality care and servicesdelivered by healthcare providers. The culturally specific education programin Texas, along with the 10 other selected translational research projects,was chosen because of its innovative idea, demonstration of the potential forhealth care cost savings, and the opportunity for its results to be widelyreplicated in other settings.

The International Diabetes Federation independently manages BRIDGESprogram with an educational grant from Eli Lilly and Company and is committedto promoting diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.

Note to editors:

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is the global advocate forthe over 250 million people with diabetes worldwide. It represents over 200diabetes associations in more than 160 countries. Its mission is to promotediabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. Additional information isavailable at Bringing Research in Diabetes to GlobalEnvironments and Systems (BRIDGES) is the global translational grantprogramme of the International Diabetes Federation. It solicits proposalsthat support cost effective and sustainable interventions that can be adoptedin real world settings, for the prevention and control of diabetes. For moreinformation, visit

Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) was founded in 1903 and is located inDallas, Texas. It is one of the United States' largest integrated healthcaresystems incorporating 14 hospitals and >100 primary and speciality ambulatorycare centers. BHCS mission is to serve all people through exemplaryhealthcare, education, research and community service. Find out more at

Media contacts:

Kerrita McClaughlyn, IDF Media Relations, office: +32-2-5431639, mobile:+32-487-530625, email:

Dr. Robert Mayberry, BHCS Institute for Healthcare Research andImprovement, m

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