New DESMOND programme improves access to crucial education for people with type 2 diabetes
The nationally recognised diabetes programme DESMOND (diabetes education and self-management for ongoing and newly diagnosed) today announced the recent launch of the new "foundation" module, an education programme for people with established type 2 diabetes to complement the existing module for those newly diagnosed. Spring 2008 will also see the launch of a version of the "newly diagnosed" module for people from the South Asian community, which is tailored to their culturally-specific needs.
A survey of diabetes patients showed that in some areas, only 11% had participated in a course to help manage their diabetes and 85% of primary care trusts (PCTs) still do not have arrangements for providing education programmes for patients in their area, according to a recent Healthcare Commission Audit Report. Making support and structured group education available to people with long-term conditions, such as diabetes, is a crucial resource in order to help them care for themselves, and for this reason, is central to the government's policy for diabetes.
"We are pleased to expand the programme at this time, when the efforts of the DESMOND collaborative are being invested in developing the 'ongoing' part of our programme – the lifelong cycle of learning and support which people with diabetes need and expect from their care providers. We hope that our new modules will give PCTs the means to provide the knowledge and skills that enable people with diabetes to engage in the ongoing learning process that is so vital to living with this chronic condition," commented Dr Marian Carey, National Director, DESMOND programme.
A recent study has provided proof that the DESMOND programme supports participants to make and sustain positive lifestyle choices particularly in terms of smoking cessation, greater levels of physical activity and weight loss as well as improving other areas such as reducing depression rates and lowering overall cardiovascular risk. While education at the point of receiving a diagnosis of diabetes is critical, people need to have the opportunity to "top-up" their skills and knowledge, to maintain confidence and belief in their ability to self-manage their disease successfully.