Using the Internet and New Technologies to Address the Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic: A Case Study in Bringing Medical Guidance and Support into the Living Room

By Helaine Ciporen.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication

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Efficient, replicable, and cost effective delivery of education, support, and guidance are needed to assist the 300 million people with diabetes. The lifestyle changes required to reverse this global epidemic have proven daunting and elusive to many patients. With an estimated 500 million people projected to have diabetes by 2030, effective web-based guidance and support tools would be a welcomed resource. Such programs, diaBeaters and VIDEO COACHING, are being tested now. They utilize short video to inform, and interactive survey technology to allow a patient to customize their own program. They are being utilized in clinical, university classroom and home settings. Families and patients become more invested to enact a plan, which they have actively developed in concert with their diabetes professional. Such a plan would accommodate their needs, resources, and personal preferences. Interactive technology allows patients to communicate with their healthcare providers remotely and give the provider an opportunity to provide further guidance.

Keywords: Type 2 Diabetes, Health Education, Family Focused Intervention, Patient Centered Care, Diabetes Epidemic

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.15-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 456.638KB).

Helaine Ciporen

Social Worker, Hall Family Center for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York, USA

Helaine Ciporen is a child therapist and licensed clinical social worker in practice for more than 23 years. Ms. Ciporen counsels families coping with chronic illness at the Mount Sinai Hospital, Hall Family Center for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes and the Pediatric Pulmonary Center. In this capacity, she conducts parent groups and popular outreach educational events, in her effort to reverse the Type 2 Diabetes epidemic in children. She is co-investigator in the ROAD study, a multi-hospital research project, on combating obesity in children within the school setting, and is a clinical instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her chapter “Fighting the New Epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes in Children” appears in the 4th edition of Social Work in Health Settings: Practice in Context, published by Routledge Press, 2010. The protocol she developed is currently utilized by Columbia University to train health care professionals. Ms. Ciporen's presentation “Combating Type 2 Diabetes in Children,” won the Health Throughout the Life Span award at the International Changing Health Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June, 2010. Her web site,, offers interactive lifestyle guidance as well as other information families coping with type 2 diabetes would need.