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Development and evaluation of a psychosocial intervention for children and teenagers experiencing diabetes (The DEPICTED Study)

Researchers: John Gregory, Steve Rollnick, Chris Butler, Kerenza Hood, Michael Robling, Lesley Lowes, Sue Channon (Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust); David Cohen, Mirella Longo (University of Glamorgan), Ian Russell (University of Wales, Bangor), Charlotte Crawley (service user).


This study aims:

1.   To survey existing psychosocial interventions for children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes in NHS practice and integrate the findings with the published literature.

2.   To ascertain educational preferences of clinical staff working in paediatric diabetes services.

3.   To identify children’s and their carer’s preferences for approaches to diabetes care and their views on the effectiveness and acceptability of methods for managing change.

4.   To develop, in conjunction with users and stakeholders, an acceptable training programme (including a competence inventory) for paediatric diabetes clinic staff to facilitate patients’ behaviour change.

5.   To evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of this intervention in a multi-centre cluster-randomised trial.

This study contributes to the Long Term Conditions Practice Focus.


Health Technology Assessment Programme.