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Richmond, Virginia 23249


The purpose of this research is to determine if meeting in a group with other subjects with diabetes can reduce barriers to starting insulin.

Study summary:

Diabetes is a common, morbid and expensive disease among veterans. Achieving and maintaining adequate glycemic control can reduce the devastating complications of diabetes. Unfortunately a large percentage of veterans with type 2 diabetes continue to have poorly controlled blood sugars. Insulin is the most potent medication for reducing glycemia, but is not used often enough due to barriers that are both patient and provider driven. We propose to conduct a pilot study to evaluate the feasibility of establishing an insulin education group that would serve to educate patients about insulin, to initiate insulin in a group setting, and to provide appropriate follow-up of those who start insulin. If the intervention is successful, we plan to develop a multicenter study to test rigorously the effect of this approach. Specific Aims: To determine if psychological barriers to insulin initiation in patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes are favorably affected by a group insulin education and insulin initiation visit, as measured by the Barriers to Insulin Treatment (BIT) Questionaire before and after the intervention. To evaluate the feasibility of the intervention as measured by the percent of patients who are referred to the class, but either cancel without rescheduling or fail to report and the percent of patients who begin insulin. To evaluate the safety of the intervention as measured by the proportion of patients experiencing hypoglycemic symptoms; proportion of patients requiring sugar intake to manage hypoglycemia; and the proportion of patients requiring assistance to manage hypoglycemia.


Inclusion Criteria: - Primary care patient at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia - Age > 18 years - Inadequately controlled diabetes (HbA1c > 8.0%) and not on insulin (using most recent HbA1c, within 1 month of the first visit) - Primary Care Provider referral to insulin initiation/education group - Patient brings home glucose readings to first visit Exclusion Criteria: - Patient is reluctant to participate in a group visit for any reason - Patient unwilling to sign consent form



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Sonja K Fredrickson, MD
Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

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Location Contact:

Richmond, Virginia 23249
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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