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The Happy Life Club™ study protocol: A cluster randomised controlled trial of a type 2 diabetes health coach intervention

Browning, C, Chapman, Anna, Cowlishaw, S, Li, Z, Thomas, SA, Yang, H and Zhang, T 2011, The Happy Life Club™ study protocol: A cluster randomised controlled trial of a type 2 diabetes health coach intervention, BMC Public Health, vol. 11, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-90.

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Title The Happy Life Club™ study protocol: A cluster randomised controlled trial of a type 2 diabetes health coach intervention
Author(s) Browning, C
Chapman, AnnaORCID iD for Chapman, Anna orcid.org/0000-0001-7965-4098
Cowlishaw, S
Li, Z
Thomas, SA
Yang, H
Zhang, T
Journal name BMC Public Health
Volume number 11
Article ID 90
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2011-02-11
ISSN 1471-2458
Summary Background
The Happy Life Club™ is an intervention that utilises health coaches trained in behavioural change and motivational interviewing techniques to assist with the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in primary care settings in China. Health coaches will support participants to improve modifiable risk factors and adhere to effective self-management treatments associated with T2DM.

Methods/Design
A cluster randomised controlled trial involving 22 Community Health Centres (CHCs) in Fengtai District of Beijing, China. CHCs will be randomised into a control or intervention group, facilitating recruitment of at least 1320 individual participants with T2DM into the study. Participants in the intervention group will receive a combination of both telephone and face-to-face health coaching over 18 months, in addition to usual care received by the control group. Health coaching will be performed by CHC doctors and nurses certified in coach-assisted chronic disease management. Outcomes will be assessed at baseline and again at 6, 12 and 18 months by means of a clinical health check and self-administered questionnaire. The primary outcome measure is HbA1c level. Secondary outcomes include metabolic, physiological and psychological variables.

Discussion

This cluster RCT has been developed to suit the Chinese health care system and will contribute to the evidence base for the management of patients with T2DM. With a strong focus on self-management and health coach support, the study has the potential to be adapted to other chronic diseases, as well as other regions of China.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-11-90
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
HERDC Research category CN.1 Other journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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