Effectiveness of a Peer Support Program in Disease Management Regarding Improvement of Metabolic Control, Diabetes Management Self-Efficacy, Quality of Life, and Risk Profile (LT09-261)

Last update: 19/04/2017
  • Location :
    Salzburg, Austria
    Topic :
    Diabetes complications
    Duration :
    August 1, 2010 - August 1, 2013
    Main Institution :
    Paracelsus Medical University
    Other institution :
    Salzburg General Hospital
    Principal investigator :
    Andreas Soennichsen
    Other investigator :
    Raimund Weitgasser; Henrike Winkler; Sophie Keller; Tim Johansson
    Amount allocated :
    USD 399,869
    Objectives :
    Knowledge and expertise regarding proper treatment of diabetes mellitus type 2 (T2DM) don’t translate well into diabetes care. Even disease management programs (DMP) appear to have rather small effects. Emphasizing patient self management and peer support are promising new approaches in diabetes care beyond DMP. We therefore propose a study evaluating a peer support program centered on patient self management. The intervention under investigation will be that peer groups of diabetic patients will exercise together, meet to talk about personal, social and emotional issues regarding diabetes and have access to support by MDs, dieticians, clinical psychologists and physical education trainers.


  • Forum Medizin 21, a congress for General Practice and Family Medicine in Salzburg (Austria), September 2011
  • World Diabetes Congress, Dubai UAE), December 2011
  • ÖDG Congress (Austrian Diabetes Association), Salzburg (Austria), November 2011
  • EbM Congress of the German Network for Evidence-based Medicine, Hamburg (Germany), 2012
  • 47 Kongress für Allgeimenmedin un Familienmedizin, Munich (Germany), September, 2013
  • World Diabetes Congress, Melbourne (Australia), December 2013
  • EbM Congress of the German Network for Evidence-based Medicine, Halle (Germany), March 2014
  • 49. Kongress für Allgemeinmedizin und Familienmedizin, Bolzano (Italy), September 2015
  • World Diabetes Congress, Vancover (Canada), December 2015


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