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Partnership to improve diabetes self management

Diabetes UK and Healthy Interactions Inc. (Healthyi) have announced a partnership to develop a series of diabetesto better engage patients with diabetes.

Lilly UK is the exclusive sponsor making the conversation maps training implementation available throughout the UK. 

The three foot by five foot conversation maps roll out flat and feature images and statistics to provide a fun, engaging learning experience. Designed for use in small groups of three to ten patients, the maps are a springboard for dynamic group discussion.

Healthcare professionals guide groups through the learning process, which encourages patients to explore diabetes-related health facts and ‘take ownership’ of what they learn through peer-to-peer discussions.

The aim is to get patients to understand how they can change their behaviour to improve their diabetes self-management.

Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Healthyi’s diabetesare a very innovative approach to helping patients improve their diabetes self-management. As only 11 per cent of people with diabetes in the UK currently receive structured education, it is vital that we make this area a priority for improvement.”

"Healthyi welcomes the invitation to partner with Diabetes UK and is happy to announce that Lilly UK is the exclusive sponsor.  We have a unique opportunity to make a very real and important difference in the lives of millions of people with diabetes in the UK, and in the lives of the healthcare professionals and lay professionals who care for them," said Peter Gorman, President of Healthyi.

were first launched in Canada in 2006.  More than 50 per cent of all healthcare professionals engaged in diabetes patient education have been trained and equipped with diabetes conversation maps in Canada. 

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