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If you have Type 2 diabetes and are looking for ways to improve your self-care, then you may be interested in a study currently being conducted by researchers at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The purpose of the study is to examine the usefulness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a cognitive–behavioral form of psychotherapy that uses a blend of acceptance, mindfulness, commitment, and behavior modification strategies, in improving self-management of Type 2 diabetes.

After reading the participant information sheet and completing a consent form, participants will be asked to fill out five questionnaires to collect their demographic information and assess their mood, level of diabetes knowledge, current state of acceptance and mindfulness, and current diabetes self-management.

Those who are assigned to begin the program immediately will be able to register online and gain access to the ACT-based diabetes management program. The program, which runs until July 2013, is designed to take a total of six weeks — the first two weeks involve completing four 15–30 minute sessions that teach participants how to apply ACT-based skill to their diabetes management. Four weeks after the completion of these sessions, the participants will be asked to fill out another set of questionnaires to determine how well the program worked.

Participants who complete the study as described in the terms & conditions will also be enrolled in a raffle for a $100 voucher to the online store of their choice.

People who are over 18 years old and have a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, fluent level of English, and Internet access may be eligible to participate in the study.

For more information about the research, and to register, visit the study’s Web site.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.

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