WICKED: The development and evaluation of a psycho-education programme for young people with type 1 diabetes

Yorkshire & Humber
Published Date: 1 Jan 2014

Structured education courses are available for adults with diabetes and are associated with improved glycaemic control and quality of life. However, they may not be appropriate for young people who often have sub-optimal glycaemic control. In this study, seven young people aged 16–21 were surveyed about a Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating (DAFNE) course and reported that it did not reflect their needs and they required more information on social issues. An age-appropriate self-management programme was then developed, called Working with Insulin, Carbs, Ketones and Exercise to Manage Diabetes (WICKED) and trialled with nine young people. WICKED was well received by the young people who enjoyed meeting and learning from their peers. This approach is worthy of further development and evaluation.

Rebekah Beer