The services in a CDTR primarily focus on type II translation research--defined as research focused on translating interventions/approaches that have clearly demonstrated efficacy into real world health care settings, communities, and populations at risk.
Delivery of health care intervention in community settings is a highly promising strategy to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in a sustainable and cost effective manner. To achieve this goal, it is crucial to effectively engage communities and practices in the translational research process via bidirectional dialogue.
Diabetes disproportionately affects the health of many racial and ethnic minorities, the rural and urban poor, and other medically underserved populations in the United States. Eliminating health disparities through translational research is an important goal of the CDTR program.
A range of skills and knowledge about health and health care are required, including literacy and numeracy; the ability to find, understand, interpret, and communicate health information; and the ability to seek appropriate care and make critical health decisions.
Methods, Measurement, and Analysis
Diabetes translation research, such as economic analyses, dissemination and implementation science, and policy evaluation, requires specialized methodological, measurement, and analysis skills.
Translational prevention research helps create an environment for change in which a comprehensive system of care and prevention will reduce or delay the onset of diabetes and its complications and enhance the quality of life for people affected by diabetes.
The rapid development of information technology to support health care offers exciting new opportunities for improvements in diabetes care. Technologies such as personal health records, Web portals, mobile health and other means of chronic disease management, are becoming more widely available and applied to diabetes prevention and care.