Diabetes DM02, 2014 – 2018

Systematic Medical Assessment, Referral and Treatment for Diabetes care using Lay Family Health Promoters - SMART Diabetes

Primary research aim

To develop the SMART Diabetes system and determine its clinical impact for people with T2DM.

Secondary research aims

To conduct process and economic evaluations to understand intervention impact on patients, family health promoters (FHPs) and staff, and to determine cost-effectiveness and scale-up opportunities.

Research objectives and methodology

An interactive mobile health management system can support lay family health promoters and healthcare staff to improve clinical outcomes for family members with T2DM and this system will be affordable, acceptable and potentially scalable across China. After intervention development, a large-scale cluster randomised controlled trial will be conducted.

Project locations

  • 40 communities in Chaoyang District, Beijing
  • 40 communities in Changan District, Shijiazhuang



Research team


Peiris, D., Sun, L., Patel, A., Tian, M., Essue, B., Jan, S., & Zhang, P. (2016). Systematic medical assessment, referral and treatment for diabetes care in China using lay family health promoters: protocol for the SMARTDiabetes cluster randomised controlled trial. Implementation Science, 11(1), 1-9. doi:10.1186/s13012-016-0481-8

Funding organisations

  • Diabetes DM02
  • China
  • 2014 – 2018

Programme contact
Puhong Zhang