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Veteran Support and Resources for Diabetes

October 28, 2019


This study aims to see if veterans with diabetes can navigate the state’s many available resources better with coaching. Participants will either be given a telephone-based coaching program or a directory of resources with no coaching. 


Study Information

The coaching group will be led by a veteran with experience navigating diabetes, mental health, and community resources. Group placement will be decided based on an hour-long questionnaire and coin flip. The study will last for 6 months and assessments will be conducted at the three and six month mark. 


Inclusion Criteria

  • All sexes, ages 18 and older
  • Must be a veteran
  • Currently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (self-reported)
  • Have a diabetes-related stress, indicated by scoring on the Diabetes Distress Scale


Exclusion Criteria

  • No phone access
  • Inability to use the phone
  • Actively participating in another diabetes care study



The study is being held at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas, 77030. If you have any questions feel free to contact Mark E Kunik, MD MPH, at 713-794-8646 or at You may also contact Tracy L Evans, MPH RN, at (713) 440-4433 or at



This clinical trial is sponsored by the VA Office of Research and Development with Mark E Kunik, MD MPH as the Principal Investigator.

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