Participate in the REAL Diabetes Study

Are you a young adult who is trying to figure out the best way to live with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes? Then you’ll want to enroll in the REAL (Resilient Empowered Active Living With) Diabetes Study, run by researchers at the University of Southern California.

The investigators are testing a lifestyle program to determine if it can help young adults “deal with everyday hassles and problems they experience in managing their diabetes.” Eligible participants are those 18–30 years old who have had Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes for at least a year; have an A1C level of 8% or higher (if you don’t know your current A1C level, the researchers can test it); are willing to be visited at home, work, or school; who live in Los Angeles County; and who meet certain income requirements or qualify for CSS, Medi-Cal, or ORSA.

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Participation in the study involves several home visits during which questions will be asked about your diabetes care and your A1C will be tested with a finger prick, a group assignment to either the “Information” group (in which you will be provided with an information packet and called roughly every two weeks to answer questions about the material) or an “Occupational Therapy” group (in which an occupational therapist will visit you roughly every two weeks to help you with your diabetes care goals), and a focus group in which you will be asked what you liked and didn’t like about being in the study. Compensation is offered for various stages of the study.

To determine if you are eligible to participate in the REAL Diabetes Study, and to learn more about the research, visit the official study website. And for questions about the trial, contact researchers at [email protected] or (323) 442-4817.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.