Navigation Links
Wiecha receives grant to study face-to-face vs. virtual health education for African-American women
Date:9/24/2010

(Boston) - BUSM Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs John Wiecha, MD, MPH, in the Department of Family Medicine, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Challenge grant from the National Library of Medicine. The grant, valued at more than $950,000 will fund a study to provide health education to African-American women with type-2 diabetes.

The health education will be conducted either face-to-face or by using the three-dimensional virtual world, "Second Life". Participants in Second Life will create avatars, three dimensional computer representations of themselves, which they can navigate through virtual worlds. In this virtual world, patient participants will walk into buildings, sit with other patient avatars, and participate in discussions as they would in a physical world, except that they don't leave their homes or travel. Potentially this will provide more accessible health education opportunities. It is also possible that the relative anonymity of this environment will encourage patients to disclose more information about that could help them overcome barriers to healthier life styles.

"We are challenging the so-called "digital divide" that assumes that low-income patients are less able to utilize the Web for health promotion purposes," explained John Wiecha, MD, MPH. The study seeks to determine how feasible the Second Life method is for this type of health education, and how it compares to the face-to-face method."

Participants will be recruited from Boston Medical Center and BMC health centers. They will be randomly placed into groups receiving their diabetes education in face-to-face groups at BMC, or receiving it via Second Life while at home.

The online group will receive a computer and access the Internet if necessary. Both groups will participate in 12 diabetes education groups, and four individual counseling sessions. Subjects will complete surveys before
'/>"/>

Contact: Gina DiGravio
gina.digravio@bmc.org
617-638-8480
Boston University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Wistar Institute researcher receives New Innovator award from NIH
2. L-1 Identity Solutions Receives $5.9 Million Drivers License Contract Expansion from the State of Mississippi
3. Kount Receives Patent for Device Fingerprinting
4. American College of Medical Genetics receives $13.5M NIH contract
5. Penn State receives new NASA astrobiology grant
6. Global Viral Forecasting Initiative receives $11M to implement pandemic early warning system
7. Vidaza receives positve opinion from European CHMP
8. Case Western Reserve receives Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging award
9. Montana State partnership receives $66.9M for carbon sequestration
10. Oklahoma EPSCoR receives $20 million for biofuels research
11. UC Riverside rice geneticist receives high honor from US Department of Agriculture
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/29/2014)... Until recently, little has been known about what genetic ... team of scientists, one of whom is a University ... showing that genes controlling the development of the brain ... domestication., The study was published Aug. 28 in ... It is online at http://www.sciencemag.org/ ., The domestication ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... German . ... cycle on Earth and in biological wastewater treatment plants. ... on nitrite as their source of energy. An international ... at the University of Vienna, has now shown that ... of energy. The oxidation of hydrogen with oxygen enables ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... twist them, fold them: modern materials that are light, ... as artificial skin or electronic paper. , Making such ... but a new way of working with copper nanowires ... , Previous success in the field of ultra-lightweight ... precious gold and silver nanowires. , By turning ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):New research reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits 2New research reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits 3Hydrogen powers important nitrogen-transforming bacteria 2Hydrogen powers important nitrogen-transforming bacteria 3Copper shines as flexible conductor 2
... years after Columbus, voyage, burning of New World forests and ... decimation of native populations by European diseases. But a new ... fires because both preceded Columbus in many regions worldwide. ... linked previously to the population collapse. We,re saying no, there ...
... Li, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women,s Hospital (BWH) Transplantation Research ... called CD4+ T cells, mature into various subsets of adult ... particular cell surface molecule, known as OX40, is a powerful ... of interleukin-9 (IL-9) (and therefore called TH9 cells) in vitro; ...
... hemiplegia of childhood (AHC) is a very rare disorder ... body and then the other in devastating bouts that ... walking are common among patients with this diagnosis. ... that mutations in one gene cause the disease in ...
Cached Biology News:When the world burned less 2When the world burned less 3When the world burned less 4When the world burned less 5Cell receptor has proclivity for T helper 9 cells, airway inflammation 2Gene discovery set to help with mysterious paralysis of childhood 2Gene discovery set to help with mysterious paralysis of childhood 3
(Date:8/28/2014)... (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 Sterlitech is ... polymeric membranes to its stable of products . ... molecular weight cut-offs and include membrane filters with surface ... increase in customer demand for our membrane process testing ... variety of flat sheet membranes,” explains Sterlitech President Mark ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 A ... around the world is available from Strategic Consulting, ... companies. “ Industrial Microbiology Market Review, Fourth Edition: ... Market ” (IMMR—4) tracks and compares microbiology test ... North America, Europe and Asia, and forecasts future ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... York, NY (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 ... renewed its long term partnership with PTI Inspection ... provide clients with state of the art leak testing ... of the art instruments currently available. As part of ... new High Voltage Leak Detection Instrument developed ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... (PRWEB) August 27, 2014 In ... through Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC ... develop and deliver a state-of-the-art laser system for ... (ELI Beamlines), under construction in the Czech Republic. ... the laser system, called the " High repetition-rate ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Sterlitech Corporation Enhances Its Selection of Flat Sheet Membrane Filters 22 Billion Industrial Microbiology Tests Conducted for Product Quality and Safety Worldwide 22 Billion Industrial Microbiology Tests Conducted for Product Quality and Safety Worldwide 3Whitehouse Labs Renews Partnership with PTI Inspection Systems 2Whitehouse Labs Renews Partnership with PTI Inspection Systems 3LLNL Synchs up with ELI Beamlines on Timing System 2LLNL Synchs up with ELI Beamlines on Timing System 3
... Jan. 3 Cambrex,Corporation (NYSE: CBM ) ... President and Chief Executive Officer, will make a ... on January 8, 2008 at,9:00 a.m. PST at ... (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000613/CAMBREXLOGO ), A live ...
... Thoratec,Corporation (Nasdaq: THOR ), a world leader ... it will be participating in the JP,Morgan Healthcare ... president and chief executive officer, will provide an,update ... Standard Time (11:30,a.m., Eastern Standard Time)., The ...
... Calif., Jan. 3 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --,Kiwa Bio-Tech Products ... its Fertilizer Products in Dingxing, Hebei on ... large volume distribution,businesses in 7 counties in ... agreements were reached with local dealers to ...
Cached Biology Technology:Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group Holds a Fertilizer Products Exhibition in Hebei 2Kiwa Bio-Tech Products Group Holds a Fertilizer Products Exhibition in Hebei 3