The Effects of Two Education Strategies About Insulin on Patient Preferences and Perceptions About Insulin Therapy

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 8, 2005
Last Update Posted : September 11, 2006
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McMaster University

Brief Summary:

This study compared the impact of two educational strategies (an education program versus a pamphlet) on participants preferences for insulin and their perceptions about insulin and injections after attending an educational session with a diabetes educator about insulin.

Main research question: Among adults with type 2 diabetes who are potential candidates for insulin therapy, does an education strategy that involves a personal letter from the family physician, a presentation about insulin, and information about giving an injection, versus a pamphlet education strategy, effect: preference to accept insulin therapy; perceptions about insulin therapy; or perception about the injection?

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Type 2 Diabetes Behavioral: Structured education program Phase 4

Detailed Description:
Many people with type 2 diabetes who need insulin therapy are often reluctant to start using insulin to manage their diabetes. This may be because they are worried about giving an injection and do not know enough about insulin to make an informed choice. This research is important because it will help researchers and health care providers better understand the feelings and educational support that patients need when they are thinking about starting insulin. This can help health care providers to better tailor the care they give to patients.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 86 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
Official Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Effects of Two Education Strategies About Insulin on Preferences and Perceptions About Insulin Therapy
Study Start Date : July 2005
Study Completion Date : March 2006

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Preference for Insulin therapy

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Perceptions about insulin therapy
  2. Perceptions about injection
  3. Satisfaction with the education session

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Have a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes mellitus in their medical chart
  • Have suboptimal glycosylated hemoglobin (HgA1c > 7.5%) recorded in their chart as the most recent lab result
  • Currently perform self-monitoring of blood glucose
  • Able to understand written and spoken English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Are currently using, or have previously used insulin
  • Have cognitive, visual, hearing or other medical impairment
  • Have terminal malignancies or dementia
  • Have psychiatric illness not controlled with medications

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00149331

Canada, Ontario
Hamilton Health Sciences - Henderson Site
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Principal Investigator: Lisa Dolovich, PharmD MSc McMaster University Identifier: NCT00149331     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 04-2429
First Posted: September 8, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 11, 2006
Last Verified: September 2006

Keywords provided by McMaster University:
Diabetes, Insulin, Education

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Insulin, Globin Zinc
Hypoglycemic Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs