This community-based Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program endeavors to help people with diabetes in the Philippines acquire the knowledge, self-care practices, and attitudes required for the effective management of diabetes. It offers culturally-appropriate, cost-effective, and comprehensive diabetes care by using locally modified educational materials and tapping support from barangay health workers (BHW). This pilot study is part of a long-term, self-sustaining diabetes program which aims at reducing the burden of diabetes by improving physiologic and behavioral parameters. It aspires to be a “model of community diabetes care” throughout the country, ultimately attenuating disparities in health outcomes for underserved Filipinos in the rural community.
Main institution: University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital
Principal investigator: Elizabeth Paz-Pacheco
Location of the project: Philippines
Date: June 1, 2008 - December 31, 2010
Impact of the project: Modules developed by the IDF Consultative Section on Diabetes Education (DECS) in 2002 were translated into the Filipino language by a bilingual translator from the Center of the Filipino Language (Sentro ng Wikang Filipino) of the University of the Philippines Manila. The translated modules were modified according to the participants’ level of knowledge and were used for the diabetes self-management education program.
This project team is now piloting it in several communities in the Philippines.
Presentations and publications:
*Project completed January 2011
BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) is a programme initiated by the International Diabetes Federation, and supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.