Call for more funding for diabetes education.
Approximately 80% of people are overweight/obese at the time of diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. About 60% of these cases ‘could’ have been prevented in the first place by following a healthier diet and daily exercise.
If such a high percentage of cases could have been prevented in the first place, then more focus needs to be placed on diabetes awareness, education and training in the first place. (And at an earlier age - especially in schools.)
Diabetes awareness education has three main functions:
- To prevent Type 2 diabetes in the first place.
- To delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes by many years.
- To prevent/delay diabetes complications.
My top five examples from UK:
DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating) – www.dafne.uk.com
DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing & Newly Diagnosed) – www.desmond-project.org.uk
"Certificate in Diabetes Awareness" (awarding body accredited) – www.healthqualifications.com/diabetes-awareness
DEN (Diabetes Education Network) – www.diabetes-education.net
X-PERT (Expert Patient Education versus Routine Treatment) – www.xperthealth.org.uk
Diabetes courses should contain the following attributes:
A structured curriculum
* Have a philosophy of supporting self management attitudes, beliefs, knowledge and skills for the learner.
* Be person centred incorporating the assessment of individual learning needs.
* Be reliable, valid, relevant and comprehensive.
* Be theory driven and evidence based.
* Have an understanding of education theory appropriate to the age and needs of the programme learners.
* Be competent in the delivery of the education theory of the programme they are offering.
* Be competent in the delivery of the principles and content of the specific programme they are offering.
A Quality Assurance programme needs to be in place. The programme needs to be peer reviewed by independent assessors who assess against agreed criteria.
The outcomes from the programme need to be audited.