Outcomes from a diabetes self-management intervention for Native Hawaiians and Pacific People: Partners in Care

Ann Behav Med. 2013 Feb;45(1):24-32. doi: 10.1007/s12160-012-9422-1.


Background: Culturally adapted interventions are needed to reduce diabetes-related morbidity and mortality among Native Hawaiian and Pacific People.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to pilot test the effectiveness of a culturally adapted diabetes self-management intervention.

Methods: Participants were randomly assigned in an unbalanced design to the Partners in Care intervention (n = 48) or wait list control group (n = 34). Assessments of hemoglobin A1c, understanding of diabetes self-management, performance of self-care activities, and diabetes-related distress were measured at baseline and 3 months (post intervention). Analysis of covariance was used to test between-group differences. The community steering committee and focus group data informed the cultural adaptation of the intervention.

Results: There were significant baseline adjusted differences at 3 months between the Partners in Care and wait list control group in intent-to-treat (p < 0.001) and complete case analyses (p < 0.0001) for A1c, understanding (p < 0.0001), and performing diabetes self-management (p < 0.0001).

Conclusions: A culturally adapted diabetes self-management intervention of short duration was an effective approach to improving glycemic control among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders.

Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01042886 NCT01093924.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / psychology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / therapy*
  • Female
  • Glycated Hemoglobin / metabolism
  • Hawaii
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander*
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods
  • Pilot Projects
  • Self Care / methods*
  • Stress, Psychological / complications
  • Waiting Lists


  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • hemoglobin A1c protein, human

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01042886
  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01093924