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)

STUDY

OVERVIEW

 

ABOUT THIS STUDY

This research is to develop and evaluate a culturally-tailored healthy eating and active lifestyle programme for diabetes, specifically for the African and Caribbean community. Read more

WHY IS THIS STUDY BEING CARRIED OUT

In the UK people of African or Caribbean descent are at increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Programmes involving healthy eating and physical activity are important to help people manage their illness, however they need to be responsive to an individual’s lifestyle and culture to be most effective. Read more

PHASE 1: DESIGNING THE PROGRAMME WITH THE COMMUNITY

The first phase, to design the programme is being carried out in partnership with African and Caribbean Type 2 Diabetes patients, the Heathcare Professionals that support them and Community and Faith Leaders. Read more

PHASE 2: EVALUATING THE BENEFIT FOR DIABETES PATIENTS

The second phase will evaluate this programme in a feasibility study with diabetes patients from African and Caribbean Communities. Read more

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PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY

We are designing the HEAL-D programme in partnership with African and Caribbean Type 2 Diabetes patients, their Healthcare providers and Community and Church Leaders. We will work with patients to understand their experience of managing their diet and lifestyle to support their health and to design an programme of advice and education that is tailored to the preferences and habits of African and Caribbean communities. Read More

Current status

The HEAL-D study is now complete and we are in the process of analysing our data. You can register to receive our newsletter if you would like to be updated. 

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We are part of the Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division in The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King's College London, Guy’s Campus, London SE1 1UL Tel: +44 (0)20 78 48 6023 email: heal-d@kcl.ac.uk. The Study Chief Investigator is Dr Louise Goff.

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CODESIGN METHODS

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.

 

Useful links to learn more about these methods:

 

www.kingsfund.org.uk

www.healthcodesign.org.nz


 

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If you would like to talk to us about this study please email us at

heal-d@kcl.ac.uk. You can also call the HEAL-D team on 020 7848 6023. We'd love to hear from you.

 

We have finished Phase I, the design phase of the study and will begin recruiting participants for the HEAL-D trial in 2018.

 

 

KEEP IN TOUCH

0207 848 6023

IMPORTANT:

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 .