Can group medical visits combined with mindfulness sessions benefit people with diabetes?
NICM researchers are investigating whether a group medical visit program supplemented with mindfulness and meditation is beneficial to people who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when compared to the usual medical care from a GP.
Type 2 diabetes affects approximately 1 million people in Australia, with another 2 million people having prediabetes and being at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. With such a prevalent and increasing disease it is important that the medical care provided to people with these conditions is of utmost benefit to their health and wellbeing.
Group medical visits are a new way to deliver healthcare, giving patients the chance to meet other people with diabetes and learn from others experiences, as well as have regular one-on-one consultations with a GP within a group setting.
The group medical visits involve an individualised consultation with a GP within a group setting with up to 11 other people with type 2 diabetes, together with a health education and mindfulness meditation training session.
The study will be divided into two groups. One group will receive the usual mode of care and be referred back to their GP. The other group will continue to attend for the group medical visits.
Recruitment is now underway for volunteers to participate in the study.
Who can join?
- Men and women over 21 years of age
- Have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
- Can travel to Westmead (located in Western Sydney) for six group medical visits in the evening every fortnight for a 12 week period.
- Are able to speak and understand English
- Attend three clinic visits at Westmead
- Have weight and blood pressure checked
- Have two blood tests
- Wear a continuous glucose monitor sensor for two weeks (a small patch on the arm) at the start and end of the study
- Wear an accelerometer (like a pedometer) around the waist for seven days at the start and end of the study
- Complete surveys about your health and wellbeing
- If you are allocated to the group that will attend for group medical visits, you will be asked to attend six group medical visit sessions for a duration of two hours every fortnight over 12 weeks.
What are the benefits of participating?
If you are allocated to the group medical visits, you will:
- Receive free medical care about your diabetes (six consultations with a GP in a group setting)
- Learn more about diabetes and how to stay well
- Experience the benefits of meditation
- Meet other people with diabetes/prediabetes, share experiences and have fun.
If you are allocated to the usual care group, you will have the opportunity to have additional health checks, including continuous blood glucose monitoring, and our resesearch team can update your GP with your results with your consent.
Interested in participating?
For more information, please contact NICM Principal Investigator, Dr Carolyn Ee
m. 0490 140 187
This study has been approved by Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number H12925) and is funded by the Researcher Development Program, Western Sydney University.