the purpose of this study was to evaluate the participation rates and facto
rs associated with nonparticipation among primary care patients who were in
vited to loin an Internet-based selfmanagement research program.
Primary care providers invited their patients with type 2 diabetes to parti
cipate in an Internet-based diabetes self-management support program. Resea
rch staff contacted these patients by phone to assess their eligibility and
interest in participating, Reasons for declining weve assessed and demogra
phic/medical status information was collected.
Of the eligible patients, 60% participated in the program. No significant d
ifferences were found between participants and decliners in gender, insulin
use, computer familiarity, or computer ownership. There were significant d
ifferences in age and years since diagnosis. Participants were slightly you
nger and had diabetes for a fewer number of years than nonparticipants. Non
participation was not related to computer or Internet issues.
Most older diabetes patients without previous Internet experience will take
part in Internet-based self-management support programs if barriers to par
ticipation are addressed.