PEARL - Objectives


To investigate the relative contributions of peer support and a telephone linked care (TLC) system and their potential additive affects on self management skills.
To quantify the components of self management skills and their effects on metabolic control, cognitive-psychological-behavioral parameters, care processes and quality of life.
To examine the user acceptability (health care team, peer leaders and peers) and cost effectiveness of this multi-component system in improving diabetes care in the community.