Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles for Diabetes (HEAL-D) in African and Caribbean communities.
HEAL-D is a programme of research being conducted at King's College London, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). We aim to design and evaluate a healthy eating and active lifestyle programme of care for Type 2 Diabetes in UK African and Caribbean communities. The programme is being developed in partnership with members of the London African and Caribbean community and the healthcare professionals that provide their care. (Approved under KCL Ethics: LRS-15/16-3240/HRA: IRAS 194991)
Experienced based, or participatory co-design is being used increasingly in health research. It refers to the process where patients, healthcare professionals and the case of HEAL-D, community leaders, work in partnership to research and develop healthcare programmes.
The process involves gathering experiences from each stakeholder group, through in-depth interviewing, observations and group discussions. Then working together to design a programme or service which each group has played a role in developing and shaping. This process helps ensure the programmes that are developed are valuable to patients and practical to implement.
In the HEAL-D study we will work with African & Caribbean Type 2 Diabetes patients, Healthcare Providers such as GPs, Diabetes Dietitians, Nurses, Community leaders such as Diabetes UK Community Champions and Faith Leaders. We will meet patients in groups and interview Community & Church Leaders and Healthcare Providers on a one-to-one basis. We want to understand what advice and support will help Type 2 Diabetes patients to adopt a programme of healthy eating and active lifestyle to support their health and how it is best delivered in a community setting. We will then work with these groups to design the programme in a series of workshops.
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We have finished Phase I, the design phase of the study and will begin recruiting participants for the HEAL-D trial in 2018.
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You have no obligation to take part in this research if you contact us. We will send you information and discuss the study further with you so you can decide if you would like to be involved. You can withdraw your details at any time. Your personal information will be kept strictly confidential and your personal details will not be given to any third party .