A Motivational Peer Support Program for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Delivered by People With Type 2 Diabetes:The UEA-IFG Feasibility Study

Murray, N.J., Gasper, A.V., Irvine, Lisa, Scarpello, Tracey and Sampson, M.J. (2012) A Motivational Peer Support Program for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Delivered by People With Type 2 Diabetes:The UEA-IFG Feasibility Study. The Diabetes Educator, 38 (3). pp. 366-376. ISSN 0145-7217

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop a peer support program for individuals at high risk of type 2 diabetes as part of a novel Diabetes Prevention Programme (The UEA-IFG Study). Lay members of the public with existing type 2 diabetes volunteered as peer supporters (termed type 2 trainers) for participants at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The feasibility of type 2 trainer recruitment, training, and retention was tested. Methods: Between January and September 2009, 1500 potential type 2 trainers with existing type 2 diabetes were contacted and 168 (11%) expressed an interest. From this group, 26 type 2 trainers were appointed to begin training. All completed 7 training seminars, covering diabetes prevention, nutrition, physical activity, listening skills, motivation, and goal planning. Motivational calls were made every 12 weeks to each study participant by each type 2 trainer in addition to health care professional-delivered education sessions. Results: Twenty-six type 2 trainers were recruited to enter the program. One type 2 trainer withdrew before beginning their role. The retention rate was high, with 22 (89%) of the type 2 trainers continuing until study end (July 2010; 20 months), with a total of 240 phone calls made. Conclusion: The recruiting and training of lay volunteers with existing type 2 diabetes as type 2 trainers to support study participants at risk of developing the same condition was a cost-effective strategy in comparison to employing salaried health care professionals and warrants further investigation on health outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: young adult,motivation,health educators,humans,prediabetic state,aged,counseling,patient education as top,feasibility studies,risk reduction behavior,cost-benefit analysis,adult,interviews as topic,middle aged,female,male
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2013 00:58
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 21:55
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/43414
DOI: 10.1177/0145721712440332

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