Diabetes is one of the major diseases of our time. An estimated 375,000 people in Norway are living with diabetes. 175,000 people have diabetes without knowing it.
There is a need for research on the coordination of health care services, the effect of initiatives, competence development among health care workers, cooperation across different levels, better coordinated health care services and implementation of evidence-based guidelines.
In the long run, this knowledge will provide the government and health care professionals with a better foundation for making decisions that improve treatment and follow-up of persons with diabetes.
The project will investigate
The project consists of four sub-projects (work packages) and two horizontal activities. Two intervention studies (work package 1 and 2) are designed to improve self-management in adults with type 2 diabetes, and health care workers’ ability to use new technology (DiaWeb and DiaTele).
Focus groups will be used in work package 3 (DiaComp) to explore the experiences and challenges health care professionals in general practice, specialist care and home-based care face in implementing complex interventions.
For the last work package (DiaPrim), the aim is to describe prevalence of diabetes in home-based nursing, and analyze connections between care needed, level of functionality and health in recipients with and without diabetes. There is also focus on evidence-based guidelines and medical procedures for diabetes treatment in municipal health care services.
The two horizontal activities describe 1) research training and competence development, and 2) user involvement in all phases of the research process.
The project spans over three years, with pilot studies and training of health care workers in the first year, and patient recruitment for implementation of intervention studies over the next couple of years.
DiaHealth is also part of the DiaBEST research group at Bergen University College, which you can read more about here.
The Research Council of Norway is funding the project with approximately NOK 16 million. In addition, Bergen University College and Stavanger University contribute internal resources.