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Integration of DTEXT program into NSW Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Grant:
  • Translational Research Grants Scheme
Date Funded:
  • 31 August, 2016
Chief Investigator/s:
  • Dr. Susan Furber

The aim of this project is to determine the effectiveness of a text message intervention (DTEXT) on lifestyle risk factor modification and diabetes self-management for people with type 2 diabetes, and its integration into the NSW Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service.

A pragmatic randomised controlled trial will be conducted in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. The intervention group will receive mobile phone text messages for 6 months; the messages will provide information and support on physical activity, nutrition, weight, smoking cessation and diabetes self-management. The control group will receive a diabetes fact sheet and usual care. The primary outcome measure will be glycated haemoglobin levels; secondary measures tested will include physical activity, nutrition, weight, and diabetes management.

Collaborators: NSW Office of Preventive Health (Get Healthy Service), NSW Ministry of Health (Office of the Chief Health Officer), Illawarra Shoalhaven Diabetes Service, University of Sydney, The George Institute, South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network