Post Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is a non profit organisation registered in the United States dedicated to providing lasting solutions to global health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training, health education and humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries.
Project HOPE has been working in India since 2007 conducting the first large-scale initiative to train and educate health care professionals in India about diabetes. The India Diabetes Educator Project (IDEP), which has received recognition from International Diabetes Federation (IDF) successfully, trained more than 3,000 allied health professionals to be diabetes educators over a period of four years.
IDEP combined the world class training expertise of IDF with Project HOPE’s implementation and program management capacity. The mainstay of the project was the Post Graduate certificate in Diabetes Education and management, a six-month learning program including distance education and on site interactive workshops. The project focused on mentoring support for trained health care professionals (nurses and nutritionists) and also addressed their role in empowering their clients with diabetes to take responsibility for daily self care and to help prevent the onset of diabetes amongst those at risk.
Program Duration: 2007-2011
Goal: Decrease morbidity and mortality related to diabetes in the Indian population by creating an enabling environment for diabetes education in the country
- To improve outcomes for people with diabetes
- To develop a cadre of Diabetes Educators in India, creating a favorable environment to increase their acceptance in patient care
The curriculum comprises of learning objectives with comprehensive learning materials, self-assessment exercises, background reading materials, list of supplementary reading, assignments and workshop preparation activities. Mentorship and evaluation by experienced facilitators and also had written assignments, case studies, role playing, presentations and a final MCQ based examination.
Minimum eligibility criteria are as follows:
- BSc Foods & Nutrition (with 3 months experience in patient care).
- BSc Nursing, GNM (with 3 months experience in patient care).
- BSc (with 2y ears experience in a healthy setting in diabetes, counselling or education, direct patient care).
- MSW (with 2years experience in a healthy setting in diabetes, counselling or education, direct patient care).
- Bachelor in Physiotherapy (with 2years experience in a healthy setting in diabetes, counselling or education, direct patient care).
Ten Partner Centers in diabetes care and management throughout India implemented the program. Each center has initiated or completed approximately 15 to 16 batches with 25 to 30 students per batch. Furthermore, training activities centres also conducted the following performance in the community:
- CME – 1 CME course each year was conducted in diabetes care and management to update the GP’s, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, neurologists, etc.
- Educational and Promotional Booths - Each centre organized educational and Promotional booths in public places, villages, feeding nursing homes etc to educate the community/people with diabetes on management of diabetes, diagnosis, SMBG, insulin, hypoglycemia, etc.
- Educational tools – patient friendly educational tools were prepared in diabetes care and management to make the learning easy and interesting like: puzzle games, brochures, pictorial posters, handouts, booklets, demo dummies, etc.
- Special Events: All the partner centers were expected celebrated 1 special event – Mela/exhibition etc per year on World Diabetes Day or Center's Inception Day, etc.
- Research – various researches were conducted by all the partner centres in diabetes care and management.
Training of Trainers (TOT)
A comprehensive training for Master Trainers (MT) has been conducted twice over the life of project.
- cohort 1 of MT training was undertaken in 2 phases – September, 2007 and January, 2008.
- cohort 2 in July 2009.
IDEP was a timely effort in India to train diabetes educators in the country. The overall goal of the project was an effort to reduce mortality and morbidity associated with diabetes and its complications. Project HOPE successfully trained 3,291 allied health professionals as certified diabetes educators in collaboration with leading endocrinologists and diabetes care centres in India. The results from operational research clearly indicates improvement in A1c, blood glucose levels, Lipid profile and psychological status of people with diabetes.
Over all, this initiative proved to be an effective model for delivering quality patient education on diabetes self management through diabetes educators. It wassuccessful and is of key importance in this era of the NCD epidemic. Diabetes educators can complement positive patient outcomes and build patient self esteem, thereby promoting well -being.
The model has to expand to a wider area and adapt new strategies to reach the lower socio economic groups. While considering the challenges in this area, Project HOPE is proud to have initiated this program on a national scale in India – the first of its kind and magnitude.
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