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Exhibitor Focus: Dafne

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DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating) is an evidence-based, structured education programme which provides people with the skills necessary to manage their type 1 diabetes. Participants learn how to review and adjust their basal insulin doses to ensure effective 24-hour basal insulin cover and accommodate lifestyle factors such as exercise, alcohol and illness. Participants also learn how to count the carbohydrate in each meal and to inject the right dose of quick-acting insulin based on their personal insulin requirements. This helps participants to achieve:

  • Stabilised blood glucose levels
  • Reduced risk of short and long-term complications
  • Sustained improvement in quality of life
  • Reduction in insulin prescriptions
  • Reduction in emergency admissions to A & E
  • It also results in NHS cost savings of £93,133 per 100,000 population.

DAFNE aim to increase awareness among a wider group of health care professionals so that more adults with type 1 diabetes may be able to benefit from the DAFNE programme. Through its unifying philosophy and consistency in information, participants can optimise their health outcomes and improve their quality of life, while clinicians can achieve greater work-related satisfaction, and service providers can reduce diabetes-related costs.

Over 43,000 adults with type 1 diabetes have become DAFNE graduates since 2000. They have learnt lifestyle skills to self-manage their blood glucose thus reducing their risk of short and long-term complications of diabetes. What better endorsement than this from a graduate: “DAFNE gave me my life back”; and this from a healthcare professional: “DAFNE is the most rewarding part of the job I do”?

If you would like more information on how to become a DAFNE centre, please contact the Central DAFNE team by email: dafne@northumbria-healthcare.nhs.uk

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