Read our new report: Experiences of the DAFNE structured education programme and managing type 1 diabetes during Covid-19: A photovoice project
As part of this project we explored experiences of the structured diabetes education programme, Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating (DAFNE), among people with type 1 diabetes, and how DAFNE graduates experienced the Covid-19 pandemic.
The project was led by Aoibheann Kavanagh who was a recipient of the HRB Summer Student Scholarship Award (2022). Aoibheann, who is currently a fourth year student of the BSc Public Health Sciences, was supervised during the scholarship by Dr Fiona Riordan. The project used a community-based participatory approach, called photovoice, whereby participants take photographs of important and meaningful aspects of their lives and explain their significance. Ten DAFNE graduates took part in the project. The findings highlight the flexibility and freedom the DAFNE programme offers graduates to engage in exercise and make dietary choices. However, the findings also highlight how the programme can be enhanced, for example by tailoring the content and format, continuing, or starting to offer the programme online to support greater access, and taking steps to embed psychological support and manage burnout.
You can read the full report, project summary, or watch a slideshow with the full set of photographs taken by participants here.