Internet-based diabetes self-management and support: Initial outcomes from the diabetes network project

H. Garth McKay, Russell E. Glasgow, Edward G. Feil, Shawn M. Boles, Manuel Barrera

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Objective: The Diabetes Network (D-Net), a randomized trial of an Internet-based, diabetes self-management and peer support intervention, was evaluated after 3 months. Design: The study assessed separate and combined effects of diabetes self-management and peer support. Outcomes included physiologic, behavioral, mental health, and website usage, Results are presented on the first 160 type 2 diabetes patients recruited from 16 primary care offices. Of those eligible, 61% participated in the study. Results: There was significant overall improvement, especially on dietary behavior, but no significant between-condition differences, Conclusions: Providing basic diabetes information as well as a "personal coach," self-management intervention entirely over the Internet proved feasible. Even novice computers users will participate in an Internet-based program to assist themselves in managing their diabetes, Validated Internet interventions could prove to be valuable resources that overcome many costs and limitations of conventional diabetes management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-48
Number of pages18
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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