TITLE

The Happy Life Clubâ„¢ study protocol: A cluster randomised controlled trial of a type 2 diabetes health coach intervention

AUTHOR(S)
Browning, Colette; Chapman, Anna; Cowlishaw, Sean; Zhixin Li; Thomas, Shane A.; Hui Yang; Tuohong Zhang
PUB. DATE
January 2011
SOURCE
BMC Public Health;2011, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p90
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: The Happy Life Clubâ„¢ is an intervention that utilises health coaches trained in behavioural change and motivational interviewing techniques to assist with the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in primary care settings in China. Health coaches will support participants to improve modifiable risk factors and adhere to effective self-management treatments associated with T2DM. Methods/Design: A cluster randomised controlled trial involving 22 Community Health Centres (CHCs) in Fengtai District of Beijing, China. CHCs will be randomised into a control or intervention group, facilitating recruitment of at least 1320 individual participants with T2DM into the study. Participants in the intervention group will receive a combination of both telephone and face-to-face health coaching over 18 months, in addition to usual care received by the control group. Health coaching will be performed by CHC doctors and nurses certified in coachassisted chronic disease management. Outcomes will be assessed at baseline and again at 6, 12 and 18 months by means of a clinical health check and self-administered questionnaire. The primary outcome measure is HbA1c level. Secondary outcomes include metabolic, physiological and psychological variables. Discussion: This cluster RCT has been developed to suit the Chinese health care system and will contribute to the evidence base for the management of patients with T2DM. With a strong focus on self-management and health coach support, the study has the potential to be adapted to other chronic diseases, as well as other regions of China. Trial Registration: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN01010526
ACCESSION #
59165031

 

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