The Danish Diabetes Association along with two of five administrative Danish regions, The Region of Southern Denmark and The Capital Region of Denmark and Steno Diabetes Center, Health Promotion Research just started a research project which will include the family in the patient education of type 2 diabetes patients.
The aim of the project is to:
- Prevent and early diagnose type 2 diabetes among family members of people who are already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
- Support and strengthen self-management and action competence in families where at least one person has type 2 diabetes.
- Develop health care professional’s competencies to better prepare them for involving family members in diabetes education.
The partnership will develop a health pedagogical concept addressing patients in patient education. The concept will include models and tools applicable for education of people with type 2 diabetes and their families, as well as a course focusing on competence development for health care professionals. Using the “Design Thinking” method we will develop, test and evaluate how the different parts of the concept work in a real-life setting before implementing it in a broader perspective in Danish patient education. During the project patients as well as health care professionals will be involved in both development and testing of the concept. The duration of the project is from the end of 2014 until the end of 2017.
Three of four partners in the project recently completed a project engaging vulnerable patients better in patient education. Learnings from this project will be passed on to the present project.
The project is supported by the Danish Ministry of Health.