IDF Peer Leader Manual

The International Diabetes Federation(IDF) recognises the urgent need to reach a great number of healthcare providers with the best diabetes education materials to promote improved daily diabetes management and care skills and prevent disabling complications. Innovative, appropriate educational tools are key to engage and motivate all learners and facilitate effective learning.

To this effect, IDF has developed a Peer Leader Training Manual to train Peer Leaders (PL) to provide on-going diabetes self-management support(DSMS) as part of a larger study. Diabetes self-management education (DSME) has long been considered a cornerstone of diabetes care. Multiple studies and meta-analyses have found DSME to be cost-effective and effective for improving metabolic and psychosocial outcomes, at least in the short term.

Because of the global epidemic of diabetes and the limited number of health professionals and other resources, it has been suggested that training peers to provide on-going support would increase the availability and access to DSMS.

The Peer Leader Training Manual was developed by Tricia Tang and Marth Funnell (University of Michigan, USA) during the implementation of their IDF BRIDGES-supported project (ST07-009).

BRIDGES is an IDF programme that sponsors translational research projects around the world. It is supported by an education grant from Lilly Diabetes.