Agility and flexibility have been fundamental to the continuity of healthcare, and therefore structured diabetes education providers need to adapt to this change and provide an alternative virtual model. Using videoconferencing and chat facilities to provide specialist education can help engage patients and encourage dialogue, which is an important part of these programs – while maintaining access to education wherever individual lies, or on a digital self-learning. base.
The self-learning digital SDE allows the user to access and learn about their condition at their own pace, where they want and at their own pace. This makes it possible to base learning on the person’s needs and lifestyle. By having these different options available, SDE courses can remain flexible – which will help keep the person motivated to attend when it suits them.
It is also fundamental that SDE courses are available in a range of languages to suit the patient population and broaden the accessibility of the program. Access to education for newly diagnosed patients with diabetes of all ethnicities is crucial, as many will be worried about their condition and need to be supported. Healthcare providers should ensure that their BDS courses are universal to meet the needs of more patients, especially for people who may not have English as their primary language.
Beneficial Outcomes of Understanding Diabetes
By having SDE programs in place, with a particular focus on goal setting and dietary change, the benefits to patients and the NHS are significant. In terms of lifestyle, by having a diabetes educator available to help and educate patients, they will gain confidence and better understand their condition.
This permanent mindset shift allows patients to take control, and by gaining insight into foods with lower glycemic indices and portion control, along with the benefits of regular exercise, it can lead to better clinical outcomes such as weight loss, reduced HbA1c and improved glycemic control.
Therefore, the fact that patients have more self-confidence and improve their overall health and lifestyle choices has a ripple effect on the benefit of the NHS too – both in terms of costs and resources. By reducing the number of diabetes complications, as well as the medications used, cost savings can be realized across the healthcare sector. Additionally, increasing the supply and uptake of diabetes self-management and education courses may also reduce risk factors and minimize the chances of developing other health complications, thereby reducing resources. of the NHS due to the need for fewer care interventions, as well as costs.
Building confidence and diabetes self-management
By giving the patient control of their condition and helping them better understand type 2 diabetes through EDS classes, they can build their confidence and self-management of their condition to make positive lifestyle changes. and live a happier, healthier life.
It is important to make more people aware of the help and support available, both physically and virtually, while ensuring that SDE courses are designed to increase participation and help patients better understand – while helping them to take control of their condition.