DESMOND is a structured, nationally recognised education programme for patients with Type 2 diabetes. Its website contains details of research supporting education programmes for self-management in diabetes, details for commissioners on undertaking local needs assessments and commissioning diabetes education and patient stories from previous DESMOND graduates.
This evidence review of over 550 pieces of evidence supports the case for self-management in long term conditions, underlining the importance of proactive strategies to support self-management behaviours.
The project by NHS Hammersmith and Fulham used co-production and developed from a diabetes service user group who wanted to provide more support and education for people with diabetes, and to raise awareness of diabetes in the local community. Volunteers were recruited to undertake champion, peer educator or peer mentor roles in Hammersmith and Fulham and Harrow.
NICE recommends that structured patient education is made available for all people with diabetes at the time of initial diagnosis and then as required on an ongoing basis, based on a formal, regular assessment of need.
The DAFNE programme is a not-for profit organisation and the site offers information about the programme for people with diabetes, health care professionals and commissioners.
Group based diabetes self-management education compared to routine treatment for people with type 2 diabetes mellitus - a systematic review with meta-analysis
A review by Aslak Steinsbekk, LisbethØ Rygg, Monde Lisulo, Marit B Rise and Atle Fretheim on the evidence from randomised controlled trials evaluating group-based Diabetes Self Managemetn Education for adults with type-2 diabetes vs routine treatment