Protocol for a randomised blocked design study using telephone and text-messaging to support cardiac patients with diabetes: a cross cultural international collaborative project

Wu, Chiung-Jung Jo, Sung, Huei-Chuan, Chang, Anne M., Atherton, John, Kostner, Karam, Courtney, Mary and McPhail, Steven M. (2013) Protocol for a randomised blocked design study using telephone and text-messaging to support cardiac patients with diabetes: a cross cultural international collaborative project. BMC Health Services Research, 13 1: . doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-402


Author Wu, Chiung-Jung Jo
Sung, Huei-Chuan
Chang, Anne M.
Atherton, John
Kostner, Karam
Courtney, Mary
McPhail, Steven M.
Title Protocol for a randomised blocked design study using telephone and text-messaging to support cardiac patients with diabetes: a cross cultural international collaborative project
Journal name BMC Health Services Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1472-6963
Publication date 2013-10
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1472-6963-13-402
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 13
Issue 1
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 2719 Health Policy
Abstract Background: The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is rising internationally. Patients with diabetes have a higher risk of cardiovascular events accounting for substantial premature morbidity and mortality, and health care expenditure. Given healthcare workforce limitations, there is a need to improve interventions that promote positive self-management behaviours that enable patients to manage their chronic conditions effectively, across different cultural contexts. Previous studies have evaluated the feasibility of including telephone and Short Message Service (SMS) follow up in chronic disease self-management programs, but only for single diseases or in one specific population. Therefore, the aim of this study is to evaluate the feasibility and short-term efficacy of incorporating telephone and text messaging to support the care of patients with diabetes and cardiac disease, in Australia and in Taiwan. Methods/design. A randomised controlled trial design will be used to evaluate a self-management program for people with diabetes and cardiac disease that incorporates the use of simple remote-access communication technologies. A sample size of 180 participants from Australia and Taiwan will be recruited and randomised in a one-to-one ratio to receive either the intervention in addition to usual care (intervention) or usual care alone (control). The intervention will consist of in-hospital education as well as follow up utilising personal telephone calls and SMS reminders. Primary short term outcomes of interest include self-care behaviours and self-efficacy assessed at baseline and four weeks. Discussion. If the results of this investigation substantiate the feasibility and efficacy of the telephone and SMS intervention for promoting self management among patients with diabetes and cardiac disease in Australia and Taiwan, it will support the external validity of the intervention. It is anticipated that empirical data from this investigation will provide valuable information to inform future international collaborations, while providing a platform for further enhancements of the program, which has potential to benefit patients internationally. Trial registration. ACTRN 12611001196932.
Keyword Cardiac
Diabetes
International collaboration
Protocol
Randomised controlled trials
Self-management
Telephone
Text-messaging
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number 402.

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