The RESULT Study
Remote support for low-carbohydrate treatment of type 2 diabetes
We want to study whether a support programme delivered remotely (via a simple mobile phone app or internet website) can help people with type 2 diabetes to change their diet and lose weight. This study will compare a new support programme with the current routine dietary advice and NHS care.
Who is eligible to take part?
To take part in the trial, you should
- have type 2 diabetes.
- be an adult aged 40 years or above.
- be overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 kg/m2 or higher (or 30 kg/m2 if you are of white ethnicity). You do not need to know your BMI yourself, we will check this if you decide you would like to take part.
- be able to use and have access to a mobile phone, computer, or tablet with access to the internet. For the online programme to work best, you need to have a smartphone or tablet which runs any Android or Apple (iOS) operating systems.
- be ready to make changes to your diet or lifestyle to improve your diabetes control, lose weight, or improve your general health.
- not have any medical conditions that might make the programme we are testing unsuitable for you, e.g. taking insulin, diabetes-related eye problems, or a recent serious medical condition.
When you follow the link to see if you are eligible to take part, we will ask you a list of questions to check you are able to take part in the study.
What is involved?
The study will compare a 3-month diet and support programme, accessed via a simple smartphone app, with standard NHS care which you are currently receiving. The app and support programme gives you information on how you can change your diet to lose weight and improve your diabetes (and includes specific recipe ideas as well as information and advice), ways to track your progress, and the option to chat with a health coach or group of people trying to follow the same diet.
You will be randomly allocated (like tossing a coin) to either try the new programme, or to continue receiving your usual care. You will not be able to choose which group you are in.
Most parts of the study will be completed online – including signing up to say you would like to take part and completing 3 sets of questionnaires over a one-year period. However, everyone who takes part in the study will also be asked to attend 3 appointments at their GP practice (when they first start taking part, after 3 months, and after 12 months) to have a blood test and some routine measurements taken (like blood pressure and weight).
These measurements are already part of your routine NHS diabetes care at least once each year, and the results will be available to your practice team as part of your NHS medical records.
If you are interested in taking part in this study, please download and read the participant information sheet below. At the end of the document you will find a link to a questionnaire to check whether you are eligible to take part. It will also guide you through the steps required to enrol yourself onto the RESULT study.
Frequently asked questions
WHY HAVE I HAD A LETTER INVITING ME TO TAKE PART IN THE RESULT STUDY?
Your GP practice is one of those that have decided to take part in this study. The RESULT researchers at the University of Oxford have NOT had access to your contact information or your medical records.
You have been invited to take part in the study because the information on your medical record indicates that you meet the inclusion criteria and are eligible to take part in the study. It is now up to you to decide whether you are interested in taking part in the study.
HOW DO I ENROL ON THE STUDY?
If you are interested in taking part in this study, please download and read the participant information sheet under 'What is involved', in which you will find a link to direct you to the eligibility questionnaire. This link will take you through the steps required to enrol yourself onto the RESULT study. Please note that you will only be able to take part in this trial if you have received an invitation letter from you GP.
The study team
RESULT: REmote SUpport for Low-carbohydrate Treatment for type 2 diabetes
Funder: NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford, and Wellcome Trust
Sponsor: University of Oxford
This study has been approved by West Midlands - Solihull Research Ethics Committee (REC Ref: 21/WM/0101)