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Psychology

Research project: Diabetes Literacy

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The Diabetes Literacy study is part of a larger project funded by the European Union (EU) under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It aims to contribute to building the evidence base to increase the effectiveness of diabetes self-management education in the EU Member States, as part of a comprehensive diabetes strategy at EU level.

Access to and use of the internet via PC or mobile phone is rapidly becoming common even among relatively disadvantaged groups. However, previous studies of designing web-based diabetes self-management materials for people with lower levels of health literacy have had mixed results, and there are important unanswered questions about how best to meet the needs of this population.

The aim of this work-package is to develop and trial web-based support suitable for people with varying levels of health literacy. In particular, it will examine the potential for web-based materials and tools to provide enhanced support (compared with static materials) by:

  • tailoring the material to the particular needs, abilities and perspective of the user.
  • employing engaging audio-visual presentation and quiz formats.
  • providing simple interactive tools to support self-management tasks.

Duration: November 2012 – November 2015
PI: Prof Lucy Yardley

Related research groups

Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology (CCCAHP)
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