Monday, August 27, 2007


Participants will be paid for time and parking costs related to program

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Are you a woman with type 2 diabetes who frequently feels overwhelmed, anxious, irritable and blue?

You should know that these feelings can make the self-care and management of your diabetes far more difficult.

If you suffer from these feelings, the Study of Women's Emotions and Evaluation of a Psychoeducational Program (SWEEP) could help you live a happier, healthier life by teaching you valuable life-coping skills in specialized group sessions.

The eight-week study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, began in April at Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood. The study requires 60 women separated into three groups of 20. The first group wrapped up in June. Recruitment has begun for the fall group scheduled to meet in October. The third group will meeting in spring 2008.

Earlier studies have found that often, the stresses of the disease coupled with other day-to-day stresses cause women with diabetes to slip in their self-care regimen, such as neglecting to check their blood sugar or binging on foods that aggravate their condition.

"We're trying to create a holistic approach to diabetes control," said Sue Penckofer, PhD, R.N., who is leading the study. "We want to teach women with type 2 diabetes how to deal better with life, how to handle stress, and coping strategies such as how to get their husbands and caregivers to listen to them."

The study is open to women of all backgrounds, ages 18 to 65. They will have the choice of either participating on Tuesdays or Saturdays. They will be paid a maximum of $150 to cover parking costs and their time for participating.

"Participants will be randomized," Penckofer said. "They may either get the control group, which means they will come and get their blood drawn; or they will get their blood drawn and be able to participate in group sessions." For more information, contact Penckofer at (708) 216-9303 or via e-mail at and leave your name, telephone number and the best time in which to contact you. Allow for up to a week for a response. Participants will be enrolled until all available slots are filled.

"We are testing this intervention," Penckofer said. "The goal is if it works, we can do it with hundreds of people."

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.