Diabetes education drive to ‘double’ attendance
A drive to “double the number” of newly diagnosed people receiving diabetes education has been launched.
Type 2 diabetes self management education helps people to successfully manage their condition, with research demonstrating benefits in improving care and reducing complications. However, the percentage of people offered it and attending remain low.
This is despite the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommending everyone with Type 2 diabetes should have access to diabetes education once they have been diagnosed.
Now, thanks to a £2m research grant from the NIHR, researchers are looking into why people are not attending self management education programmes in a bid to produce a package of solutions to increase uptake.
Dr Marian Carey, a senior researcher at the Leicester Diabetes Centre who is leading the project, said: “We know that self management education programmes are not being set up as well as they could be. Once we understand why some people aren’t offered education and why some of those who are offered these opportunities don’t attend, we can work on solving the issues.
“Education is so important when it comes to Type 2 diabetes as it can make a huge difference to the way someone looks after themselves with the condition. We believe this new research could potentially double the number of people receiving the right education, which in turn is going to benefit individuals and their families, as well as the NHS.”
Once the issues behind why people are not attending the education programmes have been determined, project leaders will then develop a solution package for GPs and healthcare professionals.
It will help them to better understand the importance of Type 2 self management education and provide them with ideas on how they can encourage patients to attend.
The intervention will be tested in several UK regions and, if successful, could be rolled out nationally.
Latest figures from the National Diabetes Audit show 75.8 per cent of people newly diagnosed with diabetes were offered structured education in 2014-15 – but only 5.3 per cent actually attended.
The Leicester Diabetes Centre is an international venue of excellence in diabetes research, education and innovation. It is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester and is based at Leicester General Hospital. It is led by Professor Kamlesh Khunti and Professor Melanie Davies CBE.