Principal Investigator: Heather Young
School of Nursing Co-Investigators:  Madan Dharmar, Sheridan Miyamoto, Yajarayma Tang-Feldman
Other UC Davis collaborators: Jay Han, Thomas Balsbaugh, Bridget Levitch
Funder: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Award: $2.1 Million
Period: Sep. 1, 2014 to Aug. 31, 2017

Researchers develop and evaluate an innovative program that uses nurse health coaching, motivational interviewing techniques and wireless sensor and mobile health (mHealth) technology. The program is based on input from patient, provider and technology experts as to how best to address the health care needs of persons living with diabetes and improve their health and wellness. The team, led by Dr. Young, partners with stakeholders to revise and finalize the proposed intervention elements, evaluate the feasibility and usefulness of integrating patient-generated goals and sensor data into a mHealth dashboard linked back into primary-care practice, as well as evaluate the program’s effectiveness based on quality of life, self-efficacy, readiness to change and clinically relevant indicators. 

Shifting the chronic disease discussion

Chronic health conditions that plague more than 117 million people can be managed, modified and improved if people living with them take part in the solution.

The School of Nursing leads a research study focusing on individuals with diabetes to determine if innovative approaches, including mobile technology and nurse coaching, help those people better manage their chronic disease.

UC Davis nursing school approved for $2.1 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

A research project led by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was approved for a $2.1 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study improving health for individuals with diabetes.

UC Davis Collaborators

School of Nursing Founding Dean Heather M. Young serves as principal investigator on the Patient and Provider Engagement and Empowerment Through Technology Program to Improve Health in Diabetes Project.

Contributors from other disciplines within UC Davis Health enrich the body of research.

Other contributors to the project include:

School of Nursing co-investigators

Sheridan Miyamoto, School of Nursing doctoral alumna and Penn State college of Nursing assistant professor

Madan Dharmar, School of Nursing assistant professor

Yajarayma Tang-Feldman School of Nursing research specialist

Sarina Fazio,School of Nursing project manager and doctoral student

Additional Collaborators

Jay Han principal investigator for the Wireless Health and Wellness Initiative at UC Davis and UC Davis School of Medicine associate professor

Tom Balsbaugh, UC Davis School of Medicine associate clinical professor and director of the Family and Community Medicine Residency Program

Bridget Levich, clinical nurse specialist in diabetes and program director for the Chronic Disease Management Program at UC Davis Health

Victor Baquero, a UC Davis physician

Klea Bertakis, a UC Davis family physician, UC Davis School of Medicine professor and chair of Family and Community Medicine, and a long-time proponent of patient-centered care