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Randomised controlled trial
Group-based educational interventions in 11–16-year-olds can be effective in supporting suboptimal diabetes control
  1. Carole Gelder
  1. Leeds Children's Hospital, Leeds & University of York, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Carole Gelder, Children's Diabetes Offices, St James Hospital, Becket St, Leeds LS9 7TF, UK; carole.gelder{at}nhs.net

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Implications for practice and research

  • Following a diagnosis of diabetes, group-based interventions should be part of a ‘toolbox’ of resources for children and young people (CYP) and parents and be embedded within routine care.

  • Group sessions delivered by trained educators, following an interactive developmentally appropriate curriculum may be particularly appropriate for 11–16-year-olds with suboptimal (HbA1c>80 mmol/mol, 9.5%) control.

  • Involving CYP and parents in and throughout the research process is key to enhancing engagement and ensuring research is relevant and meaningful.

  • Evaluating the impact of group dynamics, daily peer support and parental involvement could enhance future studies.

Context

On average only 18.4% of children and young people (CYP) with diabetes are achieving HbA1c values below 58 mmol/mol1 and even less the revised target of <48 mmol/mol.2 National recommendations for CYP with diabetes emphasise the importance of intensive diabetes …

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