TEACHING DIABETES SELF-CONTROL WITH COMPUTER ASSISTANCE

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Amount:
$228,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1987
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
2957
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Pharmacy Consultation Services
620 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC, 27603
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Margaret C. Yarborough
 Principal Investigator
 (919) 832-0311
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE LONG-TERM RESEARCH OBJECTIVE IS TO MAKE COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE A MICROCOMPUTER-BASED SYSTEM TO FACILITATE PATIENT SELF-CONTROL OF INSULIN DEPENDENT DIABETES MELLITUS. THIS COMPREHENSIVE ""DIABETES IN SELF-CONTROL (DISC) SYSTEM'' IS COMPOSED OF: 1.AN INSTRUCTIONAL AND REINFORCEMENT COMPONENT FOR COMPUTER ASSISTED HOME BLOOD GLUCOSE MONITORING; 2.A COMPONENT WHICH PROVIDES COMPUTER ASSISTED INSTRUCTION (CAI) ON THE INFLUENCE OF PATIENT BEHAVIORAL VARIABLES UPON BOTH GENERAL AND A SPECIFIC, INDIVIDUAL SUBJECT'S GLYCEMIC CONTROL; AND3.A DIABETES PROBLEM-SOLVING COMPONENT. DURING PHASE I, TEN ADOLESCENT SUBJECTS WILL PROCEED THROUGH ALL OF THE DESCRIBED DISC COMPONENTS. DISC SUBJECT SCORES ON MEASURES OF GLYCEMIC CONTROL AND DIABETES KNOWLEDGE WILL BE COMPARED WITH SCORES OF TEN SUBJECTS WHO WILL FOLLOW A CONVENTIONAL EDUCATION (CE) PROGRAM. IT IS HYPOTHESIZED THAT THE DISC SUBJECTS WILL DEMONSTRATE MORE IMPROVEMENT IN DIABETES KNOWLEDGE AND IN METABOLIC CONTROL THAN WILL THE CE SUBJECTS. A LARGER SCALE EVALUATION INCLUDING ADULT AND ADOLESCENT SUBJECTS AND INCORPORATING ADDITIONAL FACTORS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN PHASE II. THE DISC SYSTEM WILL CONSTITUTE A MAJOR ADVANCE OVER THE TRADITIONAL DIABETES EDUCATION AND OTHER COMPUTER ASSISTED DIABETES MANAGEMENT APPROACHES. THE DISC SYSTEM IS INNOVATIVE IN ITS FOCUS ON INCREASING SUBJECTS' INTERNAL MOTIVATION AND PROBLEM-SOLVING ABILITIES WHICH ARE CRUCIAL PROCESSES IN COMPREHENSIVE DIABETES SELF-CONTROL.

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