The goal of this study is to evaluate the impact of a comprehensive diabetes education and
management program based on frequent communication with patients using teleconsultation,
text messaging, and phone calls on diabetes related outcomes in Latino patients with type 2
diabetes. The investigators hypothesize that the decline in hemoglobin A1c value between the
baseline and the six-month visit will be at least 0.5 percent greater in the intervention
group than in the control group.
In this study participants will be followed for a period of 9 months. The control group will
receive usual care during this period of time. While, the intervention group will be part of
a diabetes education and management program lasting 6 months via a smartphone participants
will receive. The 6 month intervention will be followed by a 3 month observation period.
- Have physician-diagnosed type 2 diabetes
- Be self-identified as Hispanic or Latino
- An A1c value between 8-14% within the last three months.
- Demonstrate the ability, either alone or with the help of a family member that will
be with the patient at least once a week, to use the technology that will be used
during the teleconsultations
- Severe diabetes related chronic complications such as chronic renal failure,
blindness, amputations, stroke, etc.
- Concomitant chronic illnesses that would affect their participation in the program,
i.e. cancer, debilitating diseases, etc.
- Any other condition that would affect participant's basic mental health skills
- Type 1 diabetes or gestational diabetes
- Patients with abnormal hemoglobin, anemia or any condition that may affect red blood
cell turnover. Any of these conditions may be detected through participants' history
or through the laboratory report at study screening
- Signs or symptoms of metabolic decompensation (polyuria, polydypsia, polyphagia,
unexplained weight loss, blurry vision, lethargy, etc.)