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Proposed Collection; Comment Request; the National Diabetes Education Program Comprehensive Evaluation Plan

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In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

Proposed Collection: Title: The National Diabetes Educations Program Comprehensive Evaluation Plan. Type of Information Collection Request: NEW. Need and Use of Information Collection: The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is a partnership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more than 200 public and private organizations. The long-term goals of the NDEP are to improve the treatment and health outcomes of people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and, ultimately, to prevent the onset of diabetes. The NDEP objectives are: (1) To increase awareness of the seriousness of diabetes, its risk factors, and strategies for preventing diabetes and its complications among people at risk for diabetes; (2) to improve understanding about diabetes and its control and to promote better self-management behaviors among people with diabetes; (3) to improve health care providers' understanding of diabetes Start Printed Page 53177and its control and to promote an integrated approach to care; (4) to promote health care policies that improve the quality of and access to diabetes care.

Multiple strategies have been devised to address the NDEP objectives. These have been described in the NDEP Strategic Plan and include: (1) Creating partnerships with other organizations concerned about diabetes; (2) developing and implementing awareness and education activities with special emphasis on reaching the racial and ethnic populations disproportionately affected by diabetes; (3) identifying, developing, and disseminating educational tools and resources for the program's audiences; (4) promoting policies and activities to improve the quality of and access to diabetes care.

The NDEP evaluation will document the extent to which the NDEP program has been implemented, and how successful it has been in meeting program objectives. The evaluation relies heavily on data gathered from existing national surveys such as National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), among others for this information. This generic clearance request is for the collection of additional primary data from NDEP target audiences on some key process and impact measures that are necessary to effectively evaluate the program. Approval is requested for up to 4 surveys of audiences targeted by the National Diabetes Education Program including people at risk for diabetes, people with diabetes and their families, health care providers, payers and purchasers of health care and health care system policy makers.

Frequency of Responses: On occasion. Affected public: Individuals or households; businesses or other for-profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions; Federal government; and state, local or tribal government. Type of Respondents: Adults. The annual reporting burden is as follows: Estimated Number of Respondents: 2200, Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1; Average Burden Hours Per Response: .25; and Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 200. The annualized cost to respondents is estimated at: $5,437.50. There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report.

Estimates of Hour Burden

Type of respondentsNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage time per responseTotal hour burden
Patients and their family members1,0001.25250
People at risk for diabetes6001.25150
Physicians or other health care providers6001.25150
Health care systems2001.2550

Cost to Respondents

Type of respondentsNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseHourly wage rateRespondent cost
Patients and their family members1,0001$20.00$5,000.00
People at risk for diabetes600120.003,000.00
Physicians or other health care providers600175.0011,250.00
Health care systems200150.002,500.00
Note: On an annual basis, the average number of respondents is 800; the average number of hours is 200 and the average annual respondent cost is $5,437.50.

Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D., Director, National Diabetes Education Program, NIDDK, NIH, Building 31, Room 9A04, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, or call non-toll-free number (301) 494-6110 or E-mail your request, including your address to:

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60-days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: August 14, 2003.

Barbara Merchant,

Executive Officer, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 03-22831 Filed 9-8-03; 8:45 am]