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DESMOND (diabetes)



DESMOND ( Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) is a UK NHS training course for people with type 2 diabetes that helps people to identify their own health risks and to set their own goals.

DESMOND is the first national education programme created for people with Type 2 diabetes. DESMOND meets the criteria NICE identified as being the characteristics of a quality, evidence-based structured education programme.

A NHS training course is available for type 1 diabetics called DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating).


Each programme is run in a group setting, consisting of not more than 10 people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (normally within the last 12 months), accompanied, if they so choose, by a partner, family member, or friend. The programme may be run as a one day, or two part (2 x half-day) course.

The DESMOND programme is facilitated by two health care professionals who have been formally trained.


Topics covered in the DESMOND curriculum:

#The patient story

#What diabetes is

#Main ways to manage diabetes

#Consequences of diabetes and personal risk from having diabetes

#Monitoring your diabetes

#Ways to take action to improve the control of your diabetes

#Food choices for diabetics

#Physical activity and diabetes

#Stress and emotions and diabetes

#The purpose and content of annual diabetic review and screening in diabetics

  • Department of Health Structured patient education in diabetes: Leaflet

  • NHS Get Educated page for diabetes

  • NHS NICE criteria for diabetes training courses

  • Diabetes mellitus type 2

  • DESMOND NHS project website

  • Diabetes UK charity website

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "DESMOND (diabetes)".

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