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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.


  1. Will the researchers be enrolled in a raffle for one paycheck?

    I’m always suspicious of studies that don’t reimburse their test subjects for thier participation. They wouldn’t have a job without us guinea pigs. Is my data only worth a small chance to “win” compensation?

    Posted by Joe |
  2. Raffle? Sounds like a scam. I’ve never seen a legit study team offer a raffle as compensation for a research study.

    Posted by Ed Logan |
  3. I’ve participated in a number of clinical trials, and every one reimbursed for time and travel expense. I’d want to know who sponsors this study before considering whether to enroll.

    Posted by Kenneth Bush |
  4. Hello Mr. Bush,

    Thanks for your comment. The study is being conducted online only, so no travel is involved. The research has received approval from the School Research Ethics Committee of the National University of Ireland, Galway, and has been tailored by Dr. Ian Stewart and Orla Richardson, who is pursuing a Masters in Health Psychology. Any questions about the study can be directed to Ms. Richardson at o.richardson1@nuigalway.ie.

    Diane Fennell
    Web Editor

    Posted by Diane Fennell |
  5. Hello everyone. My name is Orla and I am the researcher behind this study. I’d just like to address your concerns regarding the raffle if I may.

    This was introduced only 2 weeks ago as at that time we were having difficulties with people completing the project in full. It is sometimes the case that after an individual signs up they do not log on or take part in the programme, or they take part but do not respond to the follow-up questionnaires which are a crucial aspect of establishing whether or not the programme is successful.

    Unfortunately my budget does not allow for reimbursing each participant. But such an incentive is quite commonly used in clinical trials and research to encourage full completion of the programme for individuals who express an initial interest.

    I also assure you that the prize will go to a participant who has completed each stage of the study and this will be announced on the website.

    It is impossible to improve our current knowledge around aids for diabetes self-management without the support of the community and each participant is valued highly for their contribution to research. We also appreciate the time and commitment of each person taking part in such a study.

    I apologise for any misconceptions regarding the prize. I hope this addresses your concerns.

    Also there are no sponsors of this study, it is being conducted solely by the School of Psychology in NUIG.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any other queries around this research.

    Best regards,
    Email: o.richardson1@nuigalway.ie

    Posted by Orla Richardson |
  6. I do not think reimbursement on a study like this is necessary. It addresses issues that are of interest and to me, and I look forward to getting the information provided during the study. I am not inconvenienced by the study, since I can do it from home at a time that suits me, so I don’t see any reason for them to pay me for my time.

    Posted by Genie Long |
  7. Well actually based on what the pharmaceuticals charge for drugs and Doctors charge for visits and treatment ONE certificate for a group of participants, whose data they will be making money off of is a little pathetic.

    Posted by John |
  8. Hi John.

    I’d just like to address your concerns if I may. This particular project is being undertaken as the focus of my Masters degree, and as such is not a financially profitable project. It serves solely to enrich our current knowledge around using ACT as an aid for diabetes self-management and informing future research.

    I hope this addresses your concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other queries (o.richardson1@nuigalway.ie).

    All the best,

    Posted by Orla Richardson |

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