Comparative effectiveness of goal setting in diabetes mellitus group clinics: randomized clinical trial. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM) group clinics can effectively control hypertension, but data to support glycemic control are equivocal. This study evaluated the comparative effectiveness of 2 DM group clinic interventions on glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA(1c)) levels in primary care. METHODS: Eighty-seven participants were recruited from a DM registry of a single regional Veterans Affairs medical center to participate in an open, randomized comparative effectiveness study. Two primary care-based DM group interventions of 3 months' duration were compared. Empowering Patients in Care (EPIC) was a clinician-led, patient-centered group clinic consisting of 4 sessions on setting self-management action plans (diet, exercise, home monitoring, medications, etc) and communicating about progress with action plans. The comparison intervention consisted of group education sessions with a DM educator and dietician followed by an additional visit with one's primary care provider. Hemoglobin A(1c) levels were compared after intervention and at the 1-year follow-up. RESULTS: Participants in the EPIC intervention had significantly greater improvements in HbA(1c) levels immediately following the active intervention (8.86%-8.04% vs 8.74%-8.70% of total hemoglobin; mean [SD] between-group difference 0.67% [1.3%]; P=.03), and these differences persisted at the 1 year follow-up (0.59% [1.4%], P=.05). A repeated-measures analysis using all study time points found a significant time-by-treatment interaction effect on HbA(1c) levels favoring the EPIC intervention (F(2,85)=3.55; P=.03). The effect of the time-by-treatment interaction seems to be partially mediated by DM self-efficacy (F(1,85)=10.39; P=.002). CONCLUSION: Primary care-based DM group clinics that include structured goal-setting approaches to self-management can significantly improve HbA(1c) levels after intervention and maintain improvements for 1 year. Trial Registration Identifier: NCT00481286.

published proceedings

  • Arch Intern Med

altmetric score

  • 5.55

author list (cited authors)

  • Naik, A. D., Palmer, N., Petersen, N. J., Street, R. L., Rao, R., Suarez-Almazor, M., & Haidet, P.

citation count

  • 151

complete list of authors

  • Naik, Aanand D||Palmer, Nynikka||Petersen, Nancy J||Street, Richard L||Rao, Radha||Suarez-Almazor, Maria||Haidet, Paul

publication date

  • March 2011