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[IP] Skype, Diabetes and Teens: Improvimg diabetes self-managment through technooogy


Dr. Michael Harris, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at OHSU has been
granted a clinical research award from the American Diabetes Association to
compare two ways of providing Behavioral Family Systems Therapy (BFST) to
teens with type 1 diabetes. BFST is a family therapy program that has been
shown to improve family functioning, and improve the ability to follow
diabetes treatment suggestions made by the doctor. The ultimate goal of the
program is to improve blood sugar control for teens with poorly controlled
type 1 diabetes.

The study will examine whether providing BFST via Skype, an internet-based
teleconferencing system, has the same effect as providing BFST in a
traditional clinic. We will compare the ability of the two therapies to: 1)
improve family functioning, 2) increase the ability to stick with diabetes
treatment suggestions and 3) improve blood sugar control for families with
teens who have had difficulty managing type 1 diabetes.
To be included in this study participants must:
. Be a teen between the ages 12 to 19 and live with their families
. Have an A1C of 9% or greater
. Youth must live with primary caregiver
Study Expectations:
. All youth and caregivers will receive BFST either in person or via the
Skype system.
. Youth and caregivers will be randomly assigned to receive treatment at an
outpatient clinic at Oregon Health and Science University or by internet
teleconferencing during the study.
. Youth and their caregivers will participate in 10 sessions (about 1.5
hours each) over 12 weeks.
. Participants will complete several evaluations and outcome measures of
their progress: 1) before random assignment, 2) immediately following the
treatment period, and 3) three months after the treatment period.
. Participants will receive up to $470 for participation in this study.
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