Virtual Diabetes Education Shows Promise
Future diabetes self-management education could occur in the virtual world, a new study suggests. Eighty-nine low-income African American women with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to either eight weeks of face-to-face group sessions or the same program delivered by the same health care providers in an online virtual world. While some outcomes were better with face-to-face sessions, including glucose control and depression, the virtual program helped participants exercise more and better stick to a medication regimen. It was $186 more expensive to treat a person in the online versus real world, but costs are likely to drop as both technology and Internet access improve, the researchers say.
Source: JMIR Research Protocols, published online Oct. 24, 2014