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Computer Automation for Diagnosis and Management of Childhood Type 2 Diabetes

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Last updated:1st Oct 2013

Increasing rates of type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents has considerable long-term implications not only for the affected individuals, but also for society and the health system as a whole. Pediatricians have unique and important opportunities to screen for type 2 diabetes and to promote lifestyle modification for those children identified with pre-diabetes; yet implementation of these practices within the pediatric primary care setting is far from ideal. The purpose of this study is to implement the ADA screening guidelines for type 2 diabetes and clinical managementprompts within a pediatric primary care setting using a computer decision support system (CDSS) developed by the investigators research group - the Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation (CHICA) system. The investigators hypothesize that the coupling of CDSS with ADA guidelines will result in greater compliance with ADA recommended screening procedures as well as better clinical management of children identified as having pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

Study Type: Interventional

Allocation: Randomized

Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study

Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment

Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)

Primary Purpose: Screening

Official Title: Computer Automation for Diagnosis and Management of Childhood Type 2 Diabetes

Estimated Enrollment: 1400

Study Start Date: October 2013

Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2016

Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)


Experimental: CHICA Type 2 Diabetes Module

Children treated at the two intervention clinic sites will have be treated using the CHICA system AND will be provided access to the newly developed CHICA Type 2 Diabetes Module. The CHICA Type 2 Diabetes Module will assist pediatricians in identification of those children 10 years of age or older who are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, it will provide pediatric physicians guidelines to screen for type 2 diabetes, and it will coordinate the diagnosis and long-term management of the condition.

No Intervention: Usual Care

Those patients who are assigned to the control group will have the CHICA system but will NOT be cared for using the CHICAType 2 Diabetes Module. The CHICA system will notify the physician of the child's BMI percentile on the physician worksheet. However, the CHICA system will not ask for any additional information related to risk factors for type 2 diabeteson the pre-screening form, no advice will be provided to the physician on the physician worksheet, nor will just-in-time documents or automated reminder calls be made available. Identification of patients at risk for type 2 diabetes and care of those patients will occur through routine practices for that clinic.




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Study start date 2013-10-01

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