Clinical effectiveness of diabetes education models for type 2 diabetes

Source: Health Technology Assessment, 01 January 2008, 12 (9) p.1-117  http://www.hta.nhs.uk

Link here to view selected item: http://www.hta.nhs.uk/fullmono/mon1209.pdf

Year of Publication: 2008

Publication Type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: This systematic review examines the clinical effectiveness of patient education models for adults with Type 2 Diabetes.

Conclusions: Based on the evidence, it would seem that education delivered by a team of educators, with some degree of reinforcement of that education made at additional points of contact, may provide the best opportunity for improvements in patient outcomes. Educators need to have time and resources to fulfil the needs of any structured
educational programme. There is also a need for education to have a clear programme at the outset. From the evidence reported it is unclear what resources would need to be directed at the educators themselves to ensure that they can deliver programmes successfully. Any future research should consider patient education within the context of overall diabetes care and as such follow guidelines for the development and evaluation of complex interventions. Good-quality, longer-term studies would be desirable, but these would require careful consideration around the nature of any control group. Information is needed to clarify the sensitivity of diabetes education programmes to the performance of the diabetes educators, in order to ensure success and cost-effectiveness of education programmes.

Length of Publication: 150 pages

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Acknowledgements: Cinahl

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