A new Duke University study at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis will test how well a new online, interactive educational program works, compared to diabetes education on a traditional website. We are studying a program called Learning In Virtual Environments or LIVE — a social network on the Internet like a video game that allows people to talk with each other through avatars, or cartoon representations of themselves. We want to find out if this “virtual environment” is easy to use, helps patients learn more about managing their diabetes, and improves their blood sugar control. This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health and anticipates enrolling 150 participants at Duke sites.
- Be at least 21 years old
- Have access to a private computer with an Internet connection
- Come to the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis for appointments
- Read and speak English
- Not have kidney failure, severe diabetes,uncontrolled hypertension, severe bone or joint conditions, paralysis, bleeding disorders, cancer, or take pharmacologic doses of anticoagulant medications (Warfarin)
Here’s how it works:
- Participation lasts for 18 months. During your first visit, you will be asked to sign a consent form and then you will be randomly assigned (like the flip of a coin) to one of two study groups. You will receive a Fitbit (wireless pedometer) and instructions to record and track your physical activity for 18 months.
- People assigned to the LIVE group will have an orientation and training on the LIVE study site. People assigned to the traditional website group will receive information about the site and online education programs.
- Your height, weight, blood pressure, and waist circumference will be measured and you will receive a lab requisition slip for LabCorp to draw your HbA1c level and cholesterol panel after fasting for 12 hours (repeated at 6, 12 and 18 months).
- You will receive an email with a link to an online questionnaire that you must complete within one week. On months 3, 6, 12 and 18, you will receive additional online questionnaires.
- You will go to the diabetes virtual environment twice a week for the first 3 months and then as much as you like for the next 9 months.
- You will be offered compensation for participating.
Questions or concerns about the study?
Call study coordinator Andrew Burd at (919) 668-2342 or
Principal Investigator Dr. Allison Vorderstrasse at (919) 668-5105.