Virtual Diabetes Specialty Clinic  

This is a one-year study to see if a virtual diabetes clinic model can help adults who live with diabetes improve their diabetes management. For the first six months, you will use a Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and work with a virtual clinic team. If you have never used a Dexcom G6 CGM before, the virtual clinic team will teach you how to start using the CGM without a visit to the doctor’s office. If you currently use a Dexcom G6 CGM, the virtual clinic team will provide support as you continue to use it. A CGM measures your blood sugar. The virtual clinic team is made up of healthcare professionals like Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, endocrinologists and behavioral coaches. This team will work with you to make changes that will help you take care of your diabetes and provide support for stress related to diabetes management.

Who can participate?

Participants must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and use insulin daily (at least 3 daily injections or an insulin pump)
  • see a healthcare provider at least once a year
  • use an Android or iOS smartphone
  • have access to a computer with internet
  • live in the U.S. during the study

Participants may not:

  • use a closed loop system (a system with an insulin pump and CGM that shares information and adjusts your insulin dose automatically)
  • be pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding during the study
  • use any glucose-lowering medications that are not approved for your diabetes type during the study
  • be on renal dialysis or undergoing active cancer treatment
  • have a condition (like a serious vision or hearing impairment or a known adhesive allergy) that may interfere with CGM use
If you decide to participate, you will be asked to answer questions to confirm that you are eligible.

What does the study involve?
  • Providing information through online questionnaires.
  • Wearing a CGM during the study. If you do not currently use a CGM, you will use a blinded CGM for a couple of weeks. A blinded CGM will record the sugar levels, but you won’t be able to see the results. Then you will learn to use a CGM where you will see the results.
  • Working with the virtual clinic team for about the first six months.
  • Sending a fingerstick blood sample at the beginning of the study and every three months until you finish the study to measure your HbA1c.
  • Sharing your CGM and insulin data with the virtual clinic team and study researchers.
Compensation is available for completing study requirements.

What are the next steps?
Once you click "Next" at the bottom of this page:
  • You will review the informed consent, which has specific details about what you will be asked to do.
  • You will be asked to enter your email address that you would like to use for the study. We will NOT save this email unless you submit the consent agreeing to participate.
  • After completing the consent, you will be asked questions to see if you may be eligible.
  • You will be asked to complete some study questionnaires.
  • If you currently use a CGM, we will ask you to share your personal CGM data to make sure that you are eligible for the study.
  • Once ready to begin the study, you will receive your supplies to start the study.

What if I have questions?

If you have any questions, contact the VDiSC Study team Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM ET by email or phone (813) 975-8690.

The study is being done by the Jaeb Center for Health Research and is funded by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.