DESMOND was never intended to be delivered as a one-off session. The DESMOND Ongoing Study is looking at the effectiveness of providing further support and education to people who have already attended the Foundation patient course. As part of the study a new education programme, Going Forward with Diabetes, has been developed by the DESMOND curriculum and training team. Going Forward with Diabetes has been piloted by a team of Educators from Leicestershire and Northamptonshire who have been trained in its delivery.
Going Forward with Diabetes comprises a series of 3 hour group sessions designed to be delivered by one Educator. The sessions revisit topics covered in the Foundation patient course as well as introduce new topics such as medication, foot care, exercise, and managing hypoglycaemic attacks. A number of new resources have been developed for the sessions. Patients taking part in the study attend four sessions in the first year and then two sessions in the second year.
The study is a cluster randomised controlled trial. A team of DESMOND Educators were trained to deliver the new Going Forward with Diabetes group sessions, while Practice Nurses and GPs have been trained to hold an annual care planning appointment with the patients taking part in the study.
Recruitment to the study is now complete and 250 patients, who have had diabetes for at least a year, have been recruited. Patients are being followed up at 12 and 24 months and collection of follow-up data will be complete in 2014. The study includes a substantial qualitative component, with patients being interviewed about the education sessions as well as the care planning appointments.
The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research and is part of the Self Management and Education Theme of the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland CLAHRC. The Principle Investigator is Professor Melanie Davies, University of Leicester. For more information please contact Helen Dallosso (Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org 0116 2584738)