AHRQ Health IT Update: Virtual Management of DiabetesAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) sent this bulletin at 02/25/2013 07:10 AM EST
Online Disease Management System Supports Improvement of Patients with Diabetes
Diabetes patients that were provided with a Web-based intervention that supported case management and dietary counseling were more likely to improve blood sugar levels over time, suggests a study supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. “Online disease management of diabetes: Engaging and Motivating Patients Online With Enhanced Resources-Diabetes (EMPOWER-D), a randomized controlled trial” appeared in the November edition of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
A group of 415 patients participated in the study; when compared with the control group that received standard diabetes management from a primary care provider, patients that were provided with online support from a nurse-led multidisciplinary team achieved greater improvement in their A1C levels.