A Theoretical Framework for a Virtual Diabetes Self-Management Community Intervention

Allison Vorderstrasse, Ryan J. Shaw, Jim Blascovich, Constance M. Johnson

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Due to its high prevalence, chronic nature, potential complications, and self-management challenges for patients, diabetes presents significant health education and support issues. We developed and pilot-tested a virtual community for adults with type 2 diabetes to promote self-management education and provide social support. Although digital-based programs such as virtual environments can address significant barriers to reaching patients (i.e., child care, transportation, location), they must be strongly grounded in a theoretical basis to be well-developed and effective. In this article, we discuss how we synthesized behavioral and virtual environment theoretical frameworks to guide the development of SLIDES (Second Life Impacts Diabetes Education and Support).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1222-1237
Number of pages16
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • diabetes self-management education
  • theoretical framework
  • type 2 diabetes
  • virtual environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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