While more convenient for some, for others, the move to more home-based disease management may feel isolating, as if they are left to cope with their condition alone.
Despite initiatives to make diabetes management more self-driven, there are also ways to bring patients together, or otherwise incorporate instructor-led support into the disease management process. One of the main selling points of instructor-led learning in general is that it creates an open dialogue. In the case of disease management, this can provide patients with the option to explore their diagnosis and the management strategies available to them more deeply, in the presence of an expert.
In the UK, a series of diabetes education courses are available which may be recommended to those newly diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.7 One example is DAFNE (dose adjustment for normal eating), a course designed to help patients with Type 1 diabetes to manage their blood glucose levels while living as normal a life as possible.
While many of these courses, including DAFNE moved online following the coronavirus pandemic, the DAFNE online course still incorporates a mix of online learning and remote group sessions facilitated by specialist educators, retaining the element of group interaction.8