BRAID / MDSi
University of Alberta
8308 - 114 St.,
Phone: (780) 407-1627
Fax: (780) 407-1715
Canadian First Nations Diabetes Clinical
Management Evaluation Study
CIRCLE was a 3-year national (coast-to-coast) diabetes research study looking at diabetes-related health service usage in First Nations communities, and rates of reported diabetes-related complications in First Nations communities. See the brochure
CIRCLE was a multi-centre research initiative lead by researchers at the University of Western Ontario, and funded by the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI), Health Canada. The BRAID Diabetes Research Group undertook the Alberta portion of the CIRCLE study, with Dr. Ellen Toth serving as Site Investigator for the Alberta Region.
Help communities develop research capacity by hiring and training community-based research assistants.
Help determine the impact of diabetes in communities.
Collect information that will help in developing strategies for better diabetes care for First Nations communities.
Develop a standard for measruing the effectiveness of diabetes treatment programs First Nations communities.
Research Assistants (RAs) were hired and trained from 20 participating First Nations communities across Canada. Under the supervision of the site investigator(s) for the region, the RAs reviewed the medical charts of 50 selected participants (18 years or older) from their community. RAs also administered a questionnaire to community health professionals, asking questions about diabetes care and services available in the community.
Privacy and confidentiality is respected. All information collected by the CIRCLE study is protected and controlled by the participating First Nations communities.
YEAR 1: (June 2007 - December 2007)
Identify participating communities.
Community meetings and planning.
YEAR 2: (January 2008 - December 2008)
Hiring and training RAs.
Identify eligible participants for chart reviews.
RAs will undertake chart reviews.
RAs will distribute questionnaires.
YEAR 3: (January 2009 - December 2009)
Analysis and interpretation of information collected.
Joint (community/researchr) preparation of final report.
Presentations to all participating communities.
Dissemination of study results to other First Nations communities. and the general public through conferences, publications, etc.
Dr. Stewart Harris, University of Western Ontario
Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya, University of Toronto
Dr. Tony Hanley, University of Toronto
Dr. Bernard Zinman, University of Toronto
Site Investigators by Region:
(scroll over region to see site investigator names)