Video consultations as add-on to standard care among patients with type 2 diabetes not responding to standard regimens: a randomized controlled trial.

Source: Hansen, C. R., et al. 2017 - Pubmed ID: 28325823

Setting: Denmark, Three hospital and one local health center

Study design:



Follow up: 14 months

Patient group:

Sample size:  

Total: 165 (139)

IG: 83 (68)

CG: 82 (71)


Inclusion criteria:

  • Diabetes type 2
  • Participation in a diabetes management program at least six months prior to inclusion
  • HbA1c >7.5%
  • BMI >25 kg/m2
Type of technology:

Video consultation

  • Tablet computer

Home monitoring

  • Blood sugar
  • Blood pressure
  • Weight


  • Monthly video conferences with a nurse
  • Patients upload measurements on blood sugar, blood pressure, and weight regularly
  • Based upon the principles of empowerment and aimed toward being responsible of self-management and control of their disease

Duration: 8 months
Add on: +


Control group: Outpatient visits every 3-6 months

Clinical effect/ Patient safety:

Clinical effect:

  • HbA1c→
  • Bp →
  • BMI →
  • Waist/hip ratio →
  • Lipids →
  • SF-36 →

Patient safety: No incidents of hypoglycemia were reported

Patient experiences/ Staff experiences:

Patient experiences: NA

Staff experiences: NA

Costs and organization:



  • Tablet
  • Glucometer
  • Blood pressure

Staff resources

  • Educational program in type 2 diabetes



Staff resources

  • Monthly teleconsultation

All Nurses completed an educational program in type 2 diabetes.

Health care utilization:

  • Diabetes control →
  • Diabetes-related admissions and emergency visits →
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“↑”: Statistically significant increase

“↓”: Statistically significant decrease

“→”: Statistically insignificant (no difference)