Effectiveness of a group diabetic education programme using motivational interviewing in underserved communities in South Africa: Pragmatic cluster randomized control trial (ST09-040)

Last update: 19/04/2017
  • Location :
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Topic :
    Underserved populations
    Duration :
    April 1, 2010 - March 1, 2012
    Main Institution :
    Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
    Other institution :
    Sub-Saharan African Centre for Chronic Diseases; Department of Health, Provincial Government of the Western Cape (South Africa)
    Principal investigator :
    Robert Mash
    Other investigator :
    Naomi Levitt; Krisela Steyn; Merrick Zwarenstein; Stephen Rollnick
    Amount allocated :
    USD 65,000
    Objectives :
    The Western Cape, South Africa has a large number of people living with diabetes and this number is predicted to increase substantially over the next few years. The majority of people with diabetes are looked after by nurses in the public sector at health centres and clinics. The quality of care is generally poor and education is performed in an ad hoc and unpredictable manner. This project intends to evaluate a structured group educational programme, supported by appropriate educational materials and delivered by health promoters who have been trained in better communication (motivational interviewing). This approach has never been evaluated in our context and if effective can be implemented widely.


  • Semi annual Global Health Initiative Steering Committee, USA, October 2011
  • 21st World Diabetes Congress, Dubai (UAE), December 2011
  • 16th South African National Family Practitioners Conference, Cape Town (South Africa), July 2013
  • 8th semi-annual Global Health Centers of Excellence Steering Committee meeting, Beijing (China), April 2013
  • 17th African National Family Practitioners Conference, Pretoria (South Africa), June 2014
  • 4th WONCA Africa Regional Conference, Accra (Ghana), May 2015


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