The International Diabetes Federation recognises the urgent need to reach a great number of healthcare providers with the best diabetes education materials in order to promote improved daily diabetes management and care skills and prevent disabiling 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 as part of a larger study. Diabetes self-management education (DSME) has long been considered a cornerstone of diabetes care and 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 professional personnel and other resources, it has been suggested that training peer to provide on-going support would increase availability of 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 educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.
Download the Peer Leader Training Manual  (pdf, 890KB)