Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Consumer Sciences


With high incidence of type 2 diabetes in indigenous populations and limited access to health care, an accessible computer web-site may prove to be a convenient substitute or supplement to disease control. Focus groups with Lakota tribe members were consulted for creation of a culturally sensitive web-site. This interactive web-site was used to determine if control of type 2 diabetes mellitus could be improved with consistent record keeping of exercise, diet, cultural activities, and social activities. This study examines and interprets baseline and follow-up hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) data for significance, as well as the exercise, diet, cultural activities, and social activities recorded by participants. The mean HbA1c change of the control group increased significantly more when compared with both intervention groups (P=0.025), suggesting that the program was successful in reducing HbA1c.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Diabetes -- Computer network resources

Dakota Indians -- Diseases

Patient education



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University



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