Talk to the Veterans Crisis Line now
U.S. flag
An official website of the United States government

VA Health Systems Research

Go to the VA ORD website
Go to the QUERI website

HSR&D Citation Abstract

Search | Search by Center | Search by Source | Keywords in Title

Practical telehealth to improve control and engagement for patients with clinic-refractory diabetes mellitus (PRACTICE-DM): Protocol and baseline data for a randomized trial.

Kobe EA, Edelman D, Tarkington PE, Bosworth HB, Maciejewski ML, Steinhauser K, Jeffreys AS, Coffman CJ, Smith VA, Strawbridge EM, Szabo ST, Desai S, Garrett MP, Wilmot TC, Marcano TJ, Overby DL, Tisdale GA, Durkee M, Bullard S, Dar MS, Mundy AC, Hiner J, Fredrickson SK, Majette Elliott NT, Howard T, Jeter DH, Danus S, Crowley MJ. Practical telehealth to improve control and engagement for patients with clinic-refractory diabetes mellitus (PRACTICE-DM): Protocol and baseline data for a randomized trial. Contemporary clinical trials. 2020 Nov 1; 98:106157.

Dimensions for VA is a web-based tool available to VA staff that enables detailed searches of published research and research projects.

If you have VA-Intranet access, click here for more information

VA staff not currently on the VA network can access Dimensions by registering for an account using their VA email address.
   Search Dimensions for VA for this citation
* Don't have VA-internal network access or a VA email address? Try searching the free-to-the-public version of Dimensions


BACKGROUND: Persistent poorly-controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus (PPDM), or maintenance of a hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) = 8.5% despite receiving clinic-based diabetes care, contributes disproportionately to the national diabetes burden. Comprehensive telehealth interventions may help ameliorate PPDM, but existing approaches have rarely been designed with clinical implementation in mind, limiting use in routine practice. We describe a study testing a novel telehealth intervention that comprehensively targets clinic-refractory PPDM, and was explicitly developed for practical delivery using existing Veterans Health Administration (VHA) clinical infrastructure. METHODS: Practical Telehealth to Improve Control and Engagement for Patients with Clinic-Refractory Diabetes Mellitus (PRACTICE-DM) is an ongoing randomized controlled trial comparing two 12-month interventions: 1) standard VHA Home Telehealth (HT) telemonitoring/care coordination; or 2) the PRACTICE-DM intervention, a comprehensive HT-delivered intervention combining telemonitoring, self-management support, diet/activity support, medication management, and depression management. The primary outcome is HbA1c. Secondary outcomes include diabetes distress, self-care, self-efficacy, weight, depressive symptoms, implementation barriers/facilitators, and costs. We hypothesize that the PRACTICE-DM intervention will reduce HbA1c by > 0.6% versus standard HT over 12 months. RESULTS: Enrollment for this ongoing trial concluded in January 2020; 200 patients were randomized (99 to standard HT and 101 to the PRACTICE-DM intervention). The cohort has a mean age of 58 and is 23% female and 72% African American. Mean baseline HbA1c and BMI were 10.2% and 34.8 kg/m. CONCLUSIONS: Because it comprehensively targets factors underlying PPDM using existing clinical infrastructure, the PRACTICE-DM intervention may be well suited to lower the complications and costs of PPDM in routine practice.

Questions about the HSR website? Email the Web Team

Any health information on this website is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition.