Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2015

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Nursing

Committee Chair

Dr. Lachel Story

Committee Chair Department

Nursing

Committee Member 2

Dr. Janie Butts

Committee Member 2 Department

Nursing

Committee Member 3

Dr. Bonnie Harbaugh

Committee Member 3 Department

Nursing

Committee Member 4

Dr. Patsy Anderson

Committee Member 4 Department

Nursing

Committee Member 5

Dr. Alyce Adams

Committee Member 5 Department

Nursing

Abstract

Context: The efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system are prime foci for nursing research.

Objective:The purpose of this study was to review and critically appraise the current state of the evidence in the treatment of African American adults with type II diabetes. To address this objective, a systematic review was undertaken that investigated the comparative effectiveness of behavioral interventions in improving glycemic control.

Methods: Robust methodological approaches to comparative effectiveness research (CER) serve to improve the transparency, consistency, and scientific rigor of the research. The methods for this systematic review of literature followed those recommended in the Agency of Healthcare Research Quality’s (AHRQ) Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews (2014). Searches for the review were conducted in Medline, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, CINAHL, Psych Info, Google scholar, and clinicaltrials.org using a precise replicable strategy. All methods were determined a priori.

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