16th May, 2018

3.1 million people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the UK could see a 20% reduction in hospitalisation and 20% higher medication adherence with a new approach to diabetes support, according to a White Paper by Changing Health out today.

Personalisation: the secret ingredient to lasting lifestyle change, references dozens of evidence-based behaviour change theories and techniques rooted in psychology, providing key learnings for healthcare providers and commissioners to improve health outcomes for diabetes.

They include:

  • Why a broad range of personal factors (from childhood experience to social context) must be considered for an intervention, and how they determine which behaviour change techniques should be applied
  • How the Health Action Process Approach can enact more substantive, lasting lifestyle change among patients
  • How this approach has empowered patients to lose 7.4kg over 12 weeks, reduce HbA1c by 6.8mmol/mol and in some cases, reverse Type 2 diabetes

Illustrated by a case study of 900 Changing Health users, the paper shows how 17 NHS organisations across England and Wales have adopted these techniques to help patients better self-manage diabetes.

Changing Health Chief Scientific Officer, Professor Mike Trenell, said: “While traditional interventions for diabetes can help people to lose weight, they don’t take an individual’s personal circumstances, habits or demographics into account. It’s essential to consider these unique factors to secure lifestyle changes that last.

“If adopted at scale, personalised support, based on behavioural science, could transform diabetes care nationwide. The benefits to public health and health economies are enormous.”

Download the white paper here.

ENDS

Notes to editors

  • Changing Health is a leading provider of behaviour change programmes for Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes and weight management. Built on a robust base of scientific evidence, the programmes empower people with the tools and knowledge to make lasting lifestyle changes.
  • Professor Mike Trenell is available for interview.
  • Media Contact: Mark Williams, Communications Executive, markw@changinghealth.com

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