‘The diabetic who knows the most lives the longest’.
Elliott Proctor Joslin, the first doctor in the United States to specialize in diabetes and was the founder of today’s Joslin Diabetes Center.
Structured Type 1 Diabetes Education in Ireland has limited availability and usually involves long waiting lists. However, it is worth persuing because “diabetes education courses make living with diabetes easier. Whether you have Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes, it can feel like there is a lot to learn. But going on a course can help you understand what diabetes is and how it affects your body.
People who have been on a course feel more confident about looking after their condition and are less likely to suffer complications. In fact, attending a course is one of the 15 Healthcare Essentials, the essential health checks and services that everyone with diabetes should be getting from their healthcare team every year.” from Diabetes UK
Afterall, you would never, NEVER, get behind the steering wheel of a car to drive without having someone teach you how to drive first! Then why do we expect people with diabetes to learn about nutrition, medication, fitness, physiology etc, without giving them diabetes education!!!
The Type 1 Diabetes Education courses availible in Ireland and where.
FOR ADULTS WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES.
BERGER (AccuChek Education Programme)
The ‘Berger Programme’ has been successfully used for the past 35 years in Germany to teach patients with
diabetes self-management skills. This education programme developed by eminent endocrinologist Prof. Michael
Berger was the first of its kind to recognise the value of teaching patients how to adjust insulin to match their
daily food intake.
With support of the German group, Roche Diagnostics developed the Accu-Chek branded English templates
of the Berger programme: Accu-Chek Education Programme Intensive Insulin Therapy. It is a 3-day Type 1 Diabetes Education Programme to teach individuals the required tools for improved selfmanagement with the primary focus on insulin adjustment and carbohydrate counting.
BERGER (AccuChek Education Programme) is available in;
- Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin
- St. James’s Hospital Dublin Dublin
- Tallaght Hospital (AMNCH) Dublin
- Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, Dublin
- Sligo General Hospital
- Cork University Hospital
- Cork South Infirmary Hospital
- Naas General Hospital, Co. Kildare
- Letterkenny General Hospital, Co. Donegal
- Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise, Co. Laois
- Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, Co. Louth
DAFNE (Dosage Adjustment For Normal Eating)
The DAFNE course originated in Germany in the 1980’s as the Düsseldorf Approach. It was designed by the diabetes team at the Diabetes Centre in Düsseldorf, led by Michael Berger. People learned to match their insulin dose to their food on a meal-by-meal basis. The aim is that they can keep healthy blood glucose control without a higher risk of severe hypoglycaemia. In 1998, a team from the UK adapted the Düsseldorf Approach creating the Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating (DAFNE).
DAFNE is available in;
- St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, Dublin
- Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
- St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin
- University Hospital Galway
- St Luke’s Kilkenny
- Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, Co Westmeath
FOR CHILDREN WITH DIABETES (i.e. Their parents)
CHOICE (carbohydrate and insulin collaborative education) PROGRAMME
Originally developed by Dr David Chaney, in the University of Ulster, specifically for children and young people with diabetes, this programme was rolled out across shortly after 2010.
The CHOICE programme is helping families and children to manage their diabetes more effectively. Children and young people attend the CHOICE programme over a four week period, with each session lasting three hours. The aim of the programme is to give children, young people and their families or carers, the skills and knowledge they need to manage their diabetes and to reduce the impact of the condition on daily activities and lifestyle.
CHOICE is availible in the main paediatric diabetes centres:
- Tallaght Hospital, Dublin
- Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin
- Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin
- Cork University Hospital, Cork
- Limerick University Hospital,Limerick (shared service with University Hospital Galway)
- Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Louth
- Sligo Regional Hospital, Sligo
Find out more about diabetes education here; http://www.inputdiabetes.org.uk/education/