What is DESMOND?
DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) is a patient education programme for people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The aim of the course is to support people with diabetes to gain a better understanding of their condition.
The DESMOND course has been developed from a well-tested educational model and is provided in many centres across the National Health Service.
What Will I Learn?
The DESMOND teaching programme has been developed specifically for people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and covers topics such as food choices, physical activity, and the use of medicines to treat diabetes. With the guidance of DESMOND-trained diabetes specialist nurses and dietitians, participants are encouraged to consider their personal risk factors for diabetes-related complications and to set their own goals to manage these risks.
How Will I Benefit?
Research has shown that people who complete the DESMOND programme benefit because:
- They have a greater chance of losing weight.
- They are more likely to give up smoking.
- They have a better understanding of their condition.
In fact, there is such good evidence that the DESMOND course is beneficial to participants that the Government recommends that everyone with type 2 diabetes should be offered a place on a DESMOND course through the NHS.
How Can I Find Out More?
More information on the DESMOND programme, including personal accounts from participants, is available online here.