A theoretical framework for a virtual diabetes self-management community intervention.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Due to its high prevalence, chronic nature, potential complications, and self-management challenges for patients, diabetes presents significant health education and support issues. We developed and pilot-tested a virtual community for adults with type 2 diabetes to promote self-management education and provide social support. Although digital-based programs such as virtual environments can address significant barriers to reaching patients (i.e., child care, transportation, location), they must be strongly grounded in a theoretical basis to be well-developed and effective. In this article, we discuss how we synthesized behavioral and virtual environment theoretical frameworks to guide the development of SLIDES (Second Life Impacts Diabetes Education and Support).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vorderstrasse, A; Shaw, RJ; Blascovich, J; Johnson, CM

Published Date

  • October 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1222 - 1237

PubMed ID

  • 24451083

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4296559

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-8456

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0193-9459

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0193945913518993


  • eng