Hardly reached groups: research with the purpose of developing and evaluating diabetes interventions targeting the needs of hardly reached groups such as ethnic minorities and people with mental illness and type 2 diabetes.
Educational tools: development and implementation of educational tools and methods for diabetes education and support including professional development of educators.
Design-based research: research draws on co-creation and design-based approaches where the target group is actively involved in the research process. Research includes use of quantitative and qualitative methods, theory-driven evaluation and development of innovative methods e.g. for measuring patient involvement in care processes, involvement in patient education programs as well as exploring educator behaviour to facilitate person-centred care.
1. Collaboration in health promotion – a health education concept to promote collabora-tion between professionals and adults with men-tal illness.
Aim: People with serious mental illness have a life expectancy that is approximately 15-20 years shorter compared to the general popula-tion. This premature mortality is mostly due to physical diseases such as cardiovascular dis-eases and diabetes. The purpose of this project is to develop and evaluate a health education program targeting adults with mental illness aim-ing at improving the health of the target group. Based on the health education program, a pro-fessional development program for 155 profes-sionals has been established to improve profes-sionals’ communication and collaboration skills.
Collaborators: Region of Southern Denmark, 22 municipalities in Southern Denmark, University College South
2. Development and testing of innovative methods for diabetes education targeting ethnic minority groups with type 2 diabetes.
Aim: Compared to native Danes, non-Western ethnic minority groups are 2.5 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and less likely to benefit from diabetes self-management and support (DSMES).The objective of this study is to
develop, test and evaluate methods that support ethnic minorities in making health-promoting de-cisions about their care. The target group con-sists of adults with type 2 diabetes whose native language is Arabic, Urdu or Turkish.
Collaborators: Center for Diabetes, Copenhagen Municipality.