Diabetes UK Calls for Public to Have its Say in Future Treatment

Leading charity Diabetes UK is appealing to people across the country to help with a new project intended to impact on the future of diabetes in Britain.

As well as holding a series of ‘Big Conversation’ events across the country, the charity is asking people to make sure they have their say by taking part in an online survey, to help them find out what really matters to people with diabetes and their families.

Bridget Turner, Director of Policy and Care Improvement for Diabetes UK, suggested that this is a critical initiative.

“This is an incredibly important piece of research. We want to really get to the heart of what matters to them by talking to the real experts – people living with diabetes. At a time when diabetes is high on everyone’s agenda, this insight will tell us about the issues that people with diabetes face in their day-to-day lives. That way we can make sure we are focusing on the things that really matter, and can use this to make changes where it really counts.”

Britain has experienced a diabetes epidemic in recent years, and this problem is only escalating.

Some 4.5 million people in the UK are living with diabetes, and 11.9 million in the UK are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The Big Conversations and the online survey will explore various areas where diabetes can have an impact – from healthcare services and medication, to how living with the condition can affect relationships and work and school life.

And the aforementioned Turner suggested that the initiative can help tackle what is an increasingly debilitating condition.

“We want to know the challenges people face and hear their ideas about what needs to change. Diabetes is a serious condition, so we need as many people as possible to share their knowledge, experience and ideas to help us tackle the diabetes crisis together by improving healthcare and preventing more people from developing Type 2 diabetes this potentially fatal condition.”

The team at Diabetes UK are conducting seven Big Conversations across the country where they will be talking to groups of people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as a series of focus groups later in the year.

They will compile the findings along with the results of their survey into a report that can influence decisions makers including government and health care providers to focus on the issues of most importance to people with diabetes.


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