Constance Johnson, Allison Vorderstrasse, and team submitted an NIH R01 application entitled "Diabetes Self-Management and Support LIVE (Learning In Virtual Environments)" requesting funding for a five-year period with a start date of April 1, 2013.
Interventions to assist patients in chronic illness self-management are needed to: eliminate barriers to healthcare; accommodate limited health literacy; provide sustainable, cost-effective patient education and support; and move beyond ineffective, non-interactive health behavior interventions. Advances in communication technology are a means to fill these needs. Virtual environments (VE) promote social interaction and learning via application and feedback, leading to superior learning and skill set transfer. We propose to test a theoretically-grounded, technologically-based bio-behavioral intervention using a VE to facilitate self-management of diabetes.