• 19Sep

    The importance of self-management and education support for people with diabetes, and what works

    A pan-European comparison of diabetes prevention and treatment presented during the 50th Congress of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Vienna has ranked the United Kingdom 4th among 30 European countries (Sweden tops the list).

    The Euro Diabetes Index 2014, published by the Sweden-based research organisation Health Consumer Powerhouse (HCP), identified that the weak part of UK diabetes care is prevention, with an obese and sedentary population, with unhealthy food habits. It shows that the UK has good quality procedures with regard to monitoring blood pressure, and of monitoring diabetes complications in the eye, kidney and foot. But identifies that more focus needs to be given to blindness caused by diabetes.

    More than 32 million people across Europe are diagnosed with diabetes and it is still a major cause for kidney failure, blindness, foot and leg amputation, and heart disease.

    The index recommends that across Europe self-management devices must be effectively deployed and it highlights the need for structured education for patients and relatives.

    This week the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes published a report on the #Our Diabetes tweetchat on 19 August that sought input on the APPG’s investigation into the state of diabetes education and support for self-management.

    The tweetchat posed questions including:

    • Where do you currently look for advice and support to help you manage your diabetes?
    • What gaps are there in the current provision of education? What other training & support would you or your family find useful?
    • How should education and support best be delivered and by who?
    • How confident do you feel that you know what diabetes education and support is available to you – both locally and nationally?

    A wide range of views and experiences were represented in the responses to the questions. They included the value of structured training courses, the need for co-produced resources, the value of peer advice, and the importance of supporting emotional health as well as the physical health of people with diabetes.

    The report can be read here: APPGD Tweetchat