A key component of the Health Delivery Systems Center for Diabetes Translational Research (HDS-CDTR) is its Pilot and Feasibility Program. This program fosters and supports pilot projects in diabetes translational research led by promising early stage investigators at the Center’s sites. The specific aims of this Program are: 1. To support two Pilot and Feasibility studies in each year of the HDS-CDTR renewal; 2. To conduct peer review of Pilot and Feasibility award applications on an annual basis, using the following criteria: overall impact; relevance to diabetes translational research; the promise for leading to an R-level grant submission; relevance to the Center’s Translational Research Cores; and support of the health care delivery system in which they are initiated; 3. To leverage the Pilot and Feasibility awards as a mechanism to support junior investigators in developing robust careers in translational research in diabetes and diabetes prevention.



Title of Project: Tablet Research to Improve Understanding of Medications for People’s Health (TRIUMPH)
Project Principal Investigator: Courtney Lyles, PhD, Assistant Professor, UCSF (Affiliate Faculty)

Project Summary:
This proposal aims to design a tablet application in the waiting room to improve patient-provider communication for complex patients with diabetes on many medications. This is of utmost importance since there are many significant barriers to adherence and safety among patients taking multiple chronic medications, coupled with limited amount of time during visits with providers to discuss all concerns and issues.  Moreover, patients served in safety net healthcare settings have the most to gain from literacy- and language-appropriate technologies that facilitate communication. We will design a simple-to-use tablet application that will educate patients about the importance of bringing up medication concerns at the beginning of the visit and collect current medication concerns that can be shared in real-time with providers during in-person visits.  This will be developed with both patient and provider input in English and Spanish.

Title of Project: Pilot Study of eHealth Medication Messages for Latino Patients and Their Families 
Project Principal Investigator: Veronica Yank, MD, Assistant Professor in Residence, UCSF (Affiliate Faculty)

Project Summary:  
This project will improve the health of Latino adults with diabetes by translating and culturally adapting electronic health messages promoting effective medications that are indicated for specific patients but are not yet prescribed. Existing English-language electronic ( “eHealth) messages targeting non-Latino patients require adaptation for Latino patients and their families. We will adapt existing eHealth messages to be bilingual and culturally-appropriate and then pilot test them in focus groups and semi-structured interviews with patients, family members, and primary care providers for their acceptability and potential for impact.

For more information on completed projects, please visit: Pilot and Feasibility_Completed.pdf