The comparative experiences of women in control: diabetes self-management education in a virtual world
AuthorsMitchell, Suzanne E.
Rosal, Milagros C.
UMass Chan AffiliationsPrevention Research Center
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine
Document TypeJournal Article
Type 2 diabetes
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Endocrine System Diseases
Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
Health Information Technology
Public Health Education and Promotion
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AbstractThe purpose was to characterize participants' experiences of a diabetes self-management (DSM) education program delivered via a virtual world (VW) versus a face-to-face (F2F) format. Participants included a randomly selected sample of participants who completed the Women in Control study. Four focus groups were conducted with 32 participants. Four researchers coded the data and conducted a qualitative thematic analysis. Four overarching themes were identified. Three domains apply to both VW and F2F formats, including (1) the value of DSM knowledge gained, (2) cultivating DSM attitudes and skills, and (3) the value of peer-derived social support. The fourth domain is labeled positive technological development for DSM (VW condition only). VW and F2F groups both reported mastery of DSM knowledge, attitudes, and skills, and there were no differences in peer-derived social support between groups. The technological aspects of VW participation afforded VW participants a unique sense of personal agency and diabetes self-efficacy not reported by F2F participants. DSM education in a VW is feasible and educational outcomes are similar to a F2F classroom experience. Furthermore, learning DSM skills in a VW offers unique advantages in supporting personal agency for health behavior change. Further research is warranted.
SourceJ Diabetes Sci Technol. 2014 Nov;8(6):1185-92. doi: 10.1177/1932296814549829. Link to article on publisher's site.
Permanent Link to this Itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/30387
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