Testing and evaluation

​The health education toolbox has been feasibility tested in 495 patient education settings throughout Denmark.

The majority of educators from the different patient education settings reported that the toolkit supported them in facilitating person-centred education and active involvement of participants to a high or very high degree. Following the tests, the toolbox and the publication “In balance with chronic illness” have been revised to feature new insight.

The toolkit has also been evaluated in an effect study with an intervention group where the toolkit was applied and a control group with no use of the toolkit. Participants from the intervention group reported enhanced improvements in maintaining medications correctly and a better overall assessment of the education program compared to participants from control sites. Furthermore, the study showed that the toolkit facilitated dialogue and person-centredness in the education.


Torenholt R, Engelund G, Willaing I. Bringing person-centeredness and active involvement into reality: The feasibility of a participatory concept for patient education. Health Education 2015;115(6):518-33.

Pals RA, Olesen K, Willaing I. What does theory-driven evaluation add to the analysis of self-reported outcomes of diabetes education? A comparative realist evaluation of a participatory patient education approach. Patient Education and Counselling 2016;99(6):995-1001.

Jensen NK, Pals RA, Willaing I. The use of dialogue tools to promote dialogue-based and person-centred patient education for people with type 2 diabetes. Chronic Illness 2016;12(2):145-156.
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