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The Low Carb Program for people with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes: a mixed methods feasibility study of signposting from general practice

Overview of attention for article published in BJGP Open, September 2021
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Title
The Low Carb Program for people with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes: a mixed methods feasibility study of signposting from general practice
Published in
BJGP Open, September 2021
DOI 10.3399/bjgpo.2021.0137
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Authors

Emma Scott, Mishkat Shehata, Arjun Panesar, Charlotte Summers, Jeremy Dale

Abstract

Evidence shows type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) can be effectively treated with a reduced-carbohydrate diet to support weight loss. Digital apps are increasingly used to support weight loss, yet little is known about their use as part of general practice diabetes care. Determine the feasibility of signposting from routine NHS general practice to a digital weight management tool (Low Carb Program) for patients with T2DM and pre-diabetes. Mixed-methods feasibility study implemented within routine general practice consultations at four practices in the Midlands, England. General practices offered signposting to eligible patients attending consultations of any type during a four-week recruitment period. Rates of offering and accepting signposting were recorded, with program registration, program completion and self-reported health outcomes (weight, HbA1c). Signposting was offered to 351 patients; 160 (45.6%) accepted, 103 (29.3%) registered with the intervention and 43 (26.9% of patients accepting signposting) completed the programme. GPs reported that signposting added between 1-4 minutes to the consultation length. Patients completing the programme reported greater weight loss (7.2 kg vs 1.6 kg, P<.001) and HbA1c improvements (-9.1 mmol/mol vs 1.7 mmol/mol, P<.001) compared to those who did not, and were more likely to reduce the number of general practice-prescribed diabetes medications. Signposting from real-world general practice to the Low Carb Programme is feasible and can potentially improve diabetes outcomes. Further research should explore whether the process of signposting can be enhanced to increase registration, identify whether additional practice-led support leads to increased programme completion, and confirm the intervention's clinical and cost-effectiveness.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 15 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 2 13%
Student > Bachelor 2 13%
Unspecified 1 7%
Other 1 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 7%
Other 2 13%
Unknown 6 40%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 5 33%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 13%
Psychology 1 7%
Unspecified 1 7%
Unknown 6 40%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 28. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 February 2022.
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#1,151,256
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#58
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#26,565
of 351,857 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BJGP Open
#3
of 14 outputs
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