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Mitchell SE, Mako M, Sadikova E
The comparative experiences of women in control: diabetes self-management education in a virtual world.
The investigators characterized participants' experiences of a diabetes self-management (DSM) education program delivered via a virtual world (VW) versus a face-to-face (F2F) format. They found that VW and F2F groups both reported mastery of DSM knowledge, attitudes, and skills, and there were no differences in peer-derived social support between groups. The technological aspects of VW participation afforded VW participants a unique sense of personal agency and diabetes self-efficacy not reported by F2F participants. They concluded that DSM education in a VW is feasible and educational outcomes are similar to a F2F classroom experience.
Citation: Mitchell SE, Mako M, Sadikova E . The comparative experiences of women in control: diabetes self-management education in a virtual world. J Diabetes Sci Technol 2014 Nov;8(6):1185-92. doi: 10.1177/1932296814549829.
Keywords: Education: Patient and Caregiver, Diabetes, Health Promotion, Patient Self-Management