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Ehealth: Second Life Impacts Diabetes Education & Self-Management (SLIDES)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University Identifier:
First received: August 19, 2010
Last updated: March 4, 2015
Last verified: March 2015
The purpose of this study is to to develop and evaluate the feasibility, usability, and effect of participation in SLIDES (a virtual diabetes community in Second Life) for providing interactive diabetes education, support, and resources.

Condition Intervention
Type 2 Diabetes Behavioral: eHealth program in the Virtual Environment (VE) platform Second Life

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Ehealth: Second Life Impacts Diabetes Education & Self-Management

Further study details as provided by Duke University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Perceived Usefulness [ Time Frame: 3 and 6 months ]
  • Perceived Ease of Use [ Time Frame: 3 and 6 months ]
  • Process data [ Time Frame: January 2011 through May 2012 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Demographics [ Time Frame: baseline ]
  • Metabolic Indicators [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 months, 6 months ]
  • Diabetes knowledge [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 months, 6 months ]

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: January 2011
Study Completion Date: August 2012
Primary Completion Date: August 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: eHealth program in the Virtual Environment (VE) platform Second Life
    determine the feasibility and acceptability of an eHealth program that provides diabetes education and self-management support.
    Other Name: Second Life

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • current Duke Endocrinology patient
  • are between 21 and 75 years old
  • are able to speak and read English
  • are computer literate (have used a computer for at least 6 months)
  • understand how to use the Internet (have accessed the Internet on at least 6 occasions)
  • have access to a computer with a non-dial-up Internet connection in a private location (home)
  • are mentally capable of informed consent
  • are reachable by telephone
  • have no pre-existing medical condition(s) or severe diabetes related complications that would interfere with study participation (i.e., physical activity) or measures (e.g., renal failure, Stage III hypertension, severe orthopedic conditions or joint replacement scheduled within 6 months, paralysis, bleeding disorders, cancer, or receipt of pharmacologic doses of anti-coagulant medications [warfarin])
  • are able to travel to Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) for follow-up appointments.

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01186965

United States, North Carolina
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
Principal Investigator: Constance M Johnson, PhD Duke University School of Nursing
  More Information

Responsible Party: Duke University Identifier: NCT01186965     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00022132
R21LM010727-02 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: August 19, 2010
Last Updated: March 4, 2015

Keywords provided by Duke University:
Second Life
virtual community
diabetes education
diabetes support group

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases processed this record on September 19, 2017