Internet Monitoring vs Medication to Control Blood Sugar in Type 2 Diabetes

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Hugh Tildesley, Endocrine Research Society Identifier:
First received: July 7, 2014
Last updated: August 10, 2015
Last verified: August 2015
Managing blood sugar levels is important for patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) to minimize health problems and complications. One way for patients to notify doctors and receive feedback about their blood sugar management is through an online system. As Internet-based glucose monitoring systems (IBGMS) have already been shown to be effective, the investigators hypothesize that IBGMS is effective as an intervention even when limiting feedback to non-medicine related changes.

Condition Intervention
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Other: Internet-Based Glucose Monitoring System
Drug: Normal Medication Positive Control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Investigating if an Internet-Based Glucose Monitoring System is as Effective as Medication at Reducing HbA1c Levels in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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Further study details as provided by Endocrine Research Society:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • HbA1c Levels before and after intervention [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Compare HbA1c Levels before and after intervention for both arms, as well as the difference in HbA1c Levels between arms.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The secondary endpoint include severe hypoglycemia defined as requiring external aid (hospital or other). [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • A secondary endpoint includes adverse events such as unplanned hospitalizations for any cause that last more than 24 hours [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • HbA1c levels remain at 8% or higher [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: August 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Internet-Based Glucose Monitoring System
The subjects enrolled in the Internet Therapeutic Intervention arm receive standard care by testing their blood glucose at least 3 times daily and visit the endocrinologist every 3 months; however, they are also asked to upload their blood glucose readings online every 2 weeks for the health practitioner to view and provide feedback limited to non-medicine related comments and suggestions.
Other: Internet-Based Glucose Monitoring System
Other Names:
  • Internet Blood Glucose Monitoring System
  • Remote Blood Glucose Monitoring System
Normal Medication Positive Control
The subjects will be prescribed a new medication as appropriate for normal therapy. This group will receive no biweekly feedback nor require to report online, but will see the endocrinologist every 3 months up to 6 months.
Drug: Normal Medication Positive Control

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Type 2 diabetes patients being treated with oral hypoglycemic agents
  • HbA1c > 8%
  • Willingness to test blood glucose levels a minimum of 3 times daily
  • Willingness to be trained on using the Internet-Based Glucose Monitoring System
  • Willingness to be randomized
  • Trained in self-blood glucose monitoring
  • Internet access on a computer
  • No prior use or training on IBGMS

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient with medical conditions that may affect their study participation or results will be excluded.
  • Patients using medications known to influence control of diabetes (eg steroids systemic or inhaled)
  • Liver disease (AST (aspartate aminotransferase) or ALT (alanine aminotransferase) levels > 2.5 times the reference level)
  • Renal insufficient with a serum creatinine level > 200 μmol/L
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02185755

Canada, British Columbia
Dr. Hugh Tildesley Inc.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6E1M7
Sponsors and Collaborators
Endocrine Research Society
Principal Investigator: Hugh D Tildesley, MD Providence Health Care, University of British Columbia
  More Information


Responsible Party: Dr. Hugh Tildesley, Medical Director, Endocrine Research Society Identifier: NCT02185755     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IBGMS standalone
Study First Received: July 7, 2014
Last Updated: August 10, 2015
Health Authority: Canada: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Keywords provided by Endocrine Research Society:
Internet-Based Glucose Monitoring System
Type 2 Diabetes

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Endocrine System Diseases
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases processed this record on November 27, 2015