My Diabetes and Me Study

Current national UK diabetes education programmes are not tailored to address the needs of people with intellectual disabilities, which include their cognitive and communication needs, low literacy skills and learning styles. This is despite NICE recommending that diabetes education should meet the specific needs of different populations. Evidence of the impact of diabetes education programmes on HbA1c is sparse. We aim to fill this gap by evaluating a type 2 diabetes education programme (DESMOND-ID) and to determine if it is clinically and cost effective compared to treatment as usual.

What we will do
We aim to conduct a UK based, multi-centre, randomized control trial to determine the effectiveness of the DESMOND-ID programme on the HbA1c levels (primary outcome) and a range of secondary outcomes compared to treatment as usual.

The current study is the first to test the clinical and cost effectiveness of a psychoeducation intervention (DESMOND-ID) that can be delivered by a range of healthcare professionals which can help in the self-management of type 2 diabetes in people with intellectual disabilities, supported by a carer.

We are currently actively recruiting for participants for this study. If you or someone you know is interested in taking part, please contact Dr Maria Truesdale. Here is a link to more information about the My Diabetes and Me study. Here is an Easy Read summary about the study.  


Page updated April 2023