Group Information: Members of the JADE and PEARL Project Team include Ronald C. W. Ma, and Alice P. S. Kong (The Chinese University of Hong Kong); Chun-Chung Chow, Wing-Yee So, Winnie Lau, Andrea Luk, Kitman Loo, Tammy So, Theresa Yeung, and Samsonly Chan (The Prince of Wales Hospital); C. C. Tsang and Maggie Lau (The Alice Ho Nethersole Hospital); and K. P. Lau and Grace Lin (The Northern District Hospital).
Accepted for Publication: January 24, 2014.
Published Online: April 28, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.655.
Study concept and design: Chan, Oldenburg, Chung, Au, Brown, Wong, Ko.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: Chan, Sui, Oldenburg, Zhang, Chung, Goggins, Au, Brown, Ozaki, Ko, Fisher.
Drafting of the manuscript: Chan, Brown.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.
Statistical analysis: Chan, Sui, Zhang, Goggins, Ko.
Obtained funding: Chan, Oldenburg.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Chan, Oldenburg, Chung, Au, Brown, Ozaki, Wong, Fisher.
Study supervision: Chan, Chung, Au, Wong.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Chan has received research grant and honorarium for consultancy or giving lectures from Eli Lilly. All research grants were awarded to the Chinese University of Hong Kong or Asia Diabetes Foundation. All honoraria have been donated to the Chinese University of Hong Kong to support diabetes research and education. Dr Chan is also the Chief Executive Officer (on a pro bono basis) of Asia Diabetes Foundation, a charitable organization governed by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Foundation (http://www.adf.org.hk), which develops the web-based JADE program to conduct quality improvement and translational research programs through private-public partnerships. Dr Fisher is the Global Director of the Peers for Progress, supported by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and funded by Eli Lilly Company and Foundation. No other disclosures are reported.
Funding/Support: This study was supported by the Asia Diabetes Foundation, partially funded by an educational grant by Merck, and the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Peers for Progress Program, funded by the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.
Role of the Sponsors: The sponsors had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
Previous Presentations: This study was presented orally at the 72nd American Diabetes Association Scientific Symposium; June 11, 2012; in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and at the Seventh International Diabetes Federation Western Pacific Regional Congress; November 26, 2012; Kyoto, Japan.
Additional Contributions: We thank all participants, physicians, nurses, and support staff in making the project possible. Special thanks are extended to all peer supporters, Vanessa Lau, Renee Tse, Angela Peng, Yee Mui Lee, Cindy Lui and all staff at the Asia Diabetes Foundation and Yau Chung Kit Diabetes Assessment Centre in coordinating the peer support program.
Additional Information:Selected data of this study form part of a pooled anonymized data set contributed by all grant awardees of the Peers for Progress (http://peersforprogress.org), hosted by Peers for Progress, for joint analysis on the effects of peer support in diabetes management in different settings and populations.