January 10, 2017
By Sydney DuPriest
OXFORD, Miss. – Researchers from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy are inviting health care professionals from the Oxford, Saltillo and Charleston areas to help brainstorm research questions for a study on diabetes self-management.
The project, titled “PaRTICIpate in Diabetes Self-Management Research Collaborative: A Conference Series,” will build on research that shows improvement in the health of diabetes patients when they are able to self-manage their treatment. (The “PaRTICI” in “PaRTICIpate” stands for “Patient Centered Research to Improve Community Involvement.”)
Meagen Rosenthal, assistant professor of pharmacy administration, will lead the project, along with Erin Holmes, associate professor of pharmacy administration, and Donna West-Strum, UM associate provost for academic affairs.
In October 2016, researchers held similar meetings with diabetes patients to ask for help in creating the research questions that will be a part of the study designed to aid them. Along with brainstorming research questions, the health care professionals will watch an interview with a patient participant from the earlier meetings concerning their history of diabetes care.
“Traditionally, people with diabetes have been the receivers of information about how they can better manage their condition,” Rosenthal said. “This project is designed to turn people with diabetes from receivers of information to the generators of information. We asked people specifically about areas where they struggle with diabetes self-management and will use that information to develop research projects that specifically target those concerns.
“Through these discussions, we hope to develop new research projects that matter to patients. These projects will develop evidence that is meaningful to people with diabetes, making the research more likely to be adopted and used to improve their health.”
Mississippi has the nation’s second-highest rate of adults with type 2 diabetes. This prevalence is a major concern for pharmacists and one of the reasons for the study.
The project is funded by a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award of $214,084 granted by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to the UM pharmacy researchers. It is among a portfolio of projects approved for PCORI funding to help develop a skilled community of patients and other stakeholders from across the entire health care enterprise and to involve them meaningfully in every aspect of PCORI’s work.
Another meeting with health care professionals will be scheduled for late summer 2017. Any health care professional interested in attending can RVSP or get more information by calling Meagen Rosenthal at 662-915-2475.