Tailoring an evidence-based lifestyle intervention to meet the needs of women Veterans with prediabetes

Karen E. Dyer, Jessica L. Moreau, Erin Finley, Bevanne Bean-Mayberry, Melissa M. Farmer, Dorothy Bernet, Arthur Kress, Jackie L. Lewis, Fatma K. Batuman, Sally G. Haskell, Alison B. Hamilton, Tannaz Moin

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Prediabetes affects one-third of U.S. adults. Lifestyle change interventions, such as the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), can significantly lower type 2 diabetes risk, but little is known about how the DPP could be best adapted for women. This mixed-methods study assessed the impact of gender-tailoring and modality choice on DPP engagement among women Veterans with prediabetes. Participants were offered women-only groups and either in-person/peer-led or online modalities. Implementation outcomes were assessed using attendance logs, recruitment calls, and semi-structured interviews about patient preferences. Between June 2016 and March 2017, 119 women Veterans enrolled in the DPP (n = 51 in-person, n = 68 online). We conducted 22 interviews between August and September 2016 (n = 10 early-implementation) and March and July 2017 (n = 12 follow-up). Most interviewees preferred women-only groups, citing increased comfort, camaraderie, and mutual understanding of gender-specific barriers to lifestyle change. More women preferred online DPP, and those using this modality participated at higher rates. Most endorsed the importance of modality choice and were satisfied with their selection; however, selection was frequently based on participants’ personal circumstances and access barriers and not on a “preferred choice” of two equally accessible options. Patient engagement and program reach can be expanded by tailoring the DPP for population-specific needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)748-762
Number of pages15
JournalWomen and Health
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 8 2020


  • Diabetes prevention
  • Veterans
  • gender differences
  • implementation science
  • patient engagement
  • social support
  • weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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