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 email@example.com 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."