Journal article

Cluster randomised controlled trial of a peer-led lifestyle intervention program: study protocol for the Kerala diabetes prevention program

Thirunavukkarasu Sathish, Emily D Williams, Naanki Pasricha, Pilvikki Absetz, Paula Lorgelly, Rory Wolfe, Elezebeth Mathews, Zahra Aziz, Kavumpurathu Raman Thankappan, Paul Zimmet, Edwin Fisher, Robyn Tapp, Bruce Hollingsworth, Ajay Mahal, Jonathan Shaw, Damien Jolley, Meena Daivadanam, Brian Oldenburg

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2013


BACKGROUND: India currently has more than 60 million people with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) and this is predicted to increase by nearly two-thirds by 2030. While management of those with T2DM is important, preventing or delaying the onset of the disease, especially in those individuals at 'high risk' of developing T2DM, is urgently needed, particularly in resource-constrained settings. This paper describes the protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial of a peer-led lifestyle intervention program to prevent diabetes in Kerala, India. METHODS/DESIGN: A total of 60 polling booths are randomised to the intervention arm or control arm in rural Kerala, India. Data collection is condu..

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Awarded by Fogarty International Centre of the National Institutes of Health

Awarded by Diabetes UK

Funding Acknowledgements

K-DPP is funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council (Project Grant ID 1005324). Thirunavukkarasu Sathish is supported by the prestigious Victoria India Doctoral Scholarship (VIDS) from the Victorian Government for his PhD in Monash University, Australia. In addition, Thirunavukkarasu Sathish and Elezebeth Mathews were supported by the ASCEND Program, funded by the Fogarty International Centre of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number: D43TW008332. We also acknowledge Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation supported by the Eli Lily and Company Foundation. We acknowledge the contributions of Professor K. Srinath Reddy (Public Health Foundation of India) and Professor Sivasubramonian Sivasankaran (Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology) in writing the original grant proposal. We thank Anoop Velayudhan and Neena Elezebeth Philip for their contributions with piloting the K-DPP recruitment and intervention. We thank the participants and peer leaders for their participation in the study. The contents of this paper is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not reflect the views of NHMRC, the National Institutes of Health, Peers for Progress or the ASCEND Program.