I was contacted by Rupa Valdez from the University of Virginia to help spread the word about a study they are doing via a Facebook support group. The following information was provided to me by her and I am glad to share it with all of you Type 2 Diabetics!
Are you a Facebook user who also has been
diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes? If so, you may be interested in
participating in a University of Virginia study to understand how people
with Type 2 diabetes take care of their health. The researchers intend
to use the information gained from the study to help better design
technologies, such as mobile apps and self-management systems, for
people with Type 2 diabetes.
There are many ways you can
participate in this study. The first phase will involve phone and online
interviews to understand how participants use Facebook and take care of
their health (36 individuals). The second phase will involve taking a
survey and giving feedback in a focus group (24 individuals). In phase
three, as many as 800 individuals will complete a survey generated from
the first two phases. Participants involved in the interview and focus
group will be compensated.
To take part in this study, you must
be at least 18 years old, use Facebook, be diagnosed with Type 2
diabetes, and live in or be a citizen of the United States of America.
All information collected in this study will be reported at the group
level and will not be tied to any specific person. This study is
sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and has been
approved by the University of Virginia’s Social and Behavioral Sciences
Institutional Review Board.
If you are interested, please visit the study’s Facebook group [https://www.facebook.com/groups/DiabetesManagementStudyCommunity]
and ask to become a member.
If you have any questions, please reach out
to the study’s project leader, Rupa Valdez, on Facebook or via email
Here is her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rupa.valdez