Feasibility Study of Digital Photography and Group Discussion for People With Diabetes

NCT ID: NCT00225888


Title
Digital Photography and Group Discussion as a Means of Affecting Dietary Change Among People With Type 2 Diabetes: Feasibility Project
Purpose
The purpose of this study is to compare the effect of food photography with group discussions to the effect of regular diabetes nutrition care on people's eating habits, satisfaction with care, self-care behaviors, and blood sugar levels. We hypothesize that, by photographing all meals and snacks (i.e., keeping 'photo journals') and participating in discussions about the photographs with peers and a nutritionist, people with diabetes will become aware of their behaviors and develop concrete strategies to meet nutritional recommendations.
Details
Diet is critical to effective self-management of diabetes. Thus, people with diabetes receive substantial nutrition counseling as part of their care. Among other things, nutrition counseling can include nutrition facts, information about portions, menus, discussion of barriers to healthy eating, and recommendations to control intake of saturated fats, maintain consistent eating patterns, and distribute nutrient intake throughout the day. Despite the depth and breadth of nutrition counseling, many people with diabetes implement diet changes with limited success. The overall objective of this study is to test the feasibility of a new approach to diabetes nutrition care, digital food photography and facilitated group discussions. The overall hypothesis regarding this new approach is that, by photographing all meals and snacks (i.e., keeping 'photo journals') and participating in discussions about the photographs with peers and a nutritionist, people with diabetes will become aware of their behaviors and develop concrete strategies to meet nutritional recommendations. This overall hypothesis can be further specified as follows: - People with diabetes who receive the new approach to diabetes nutrition care (i.e., the digital photos with discussions) will show greater improvements in their nutritional profiles and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) values (primary clinical outcomes) than people who receive standard diabetes nutrition care. - People with diabetes who receive the new approach to diabetes nutrition care will become more satisfied with their diabetes treatment compared to people who receive standard care (secondary clinical outcome). - People with diabetes who receive the new approach to diabetes nutrition care will show greater improvements in minimizing the barriers that affect their abilities for effective self-care compared to people who receive standard care (secondary outcome). The study design is that of a single-site, randomized controlled trial with two groups of approximately 18 study participants assigned to each (for a total of 36 study participants). The study will take place at Joslin Diabetes Center. One group will receive standard diabetes nutrition care. The other group will receive the new approach to diabetes nutrition care involving digital photography of meals and group discussion of the photographs. All participants will complete study questionnaires before the study begins and approximately 1 month after the completion of the digital photography discussion groups.
Conditions
Type 2 Diabetes
Keywords
Diabetes, Nutrition, Digital photography, Self-management
Source
Joslin Diabetes Center
Sponsors
Joslin Diabetes Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Status
Completed
Acronym
Last Updated
18 Feb 2008
URL
Official Link
Locations
United States