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Developing a novel diabetes distress e-learning program for diabetes educators: An intervention mapping approach

Abstract
Diabetes distress is a common negative emotional response to the ongoing burden of living with diabetes. Elevated diabetes distress is associated with impaired diabetes self-management and quality of life yet rarely identified and addressed in clinical practice. Health professionals report numerous barriers to the provision of care for diabetes distress, including lack of skills and confidence, but few diabetes distress training opportunities exist. The purpose of this paper is to describe how we utilized Intervention Mapping to plan the development, implementation, and evaluation of a novel diabetes distress e-learning program for diabetes educators, to meet a well-documented need and significant gap in diabetes care. A multidisciplinary team (combining expertise in research, health and clinical psychology, diabetes education, nursing, tertiary education, and website architecture) developed a diabetes distress e-learning program. We followed a six-step process (logic model of the problem, program outcomes and objectives, program design, program production, program implementation plan, and evaluation plan) known as Intervention Mapping. The program is underpinned by educational and psychological theory, including Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives and social cognitive theory. We developed a short (estimated 4 h) e-learning program for diabetes educators, which draws on the content of the Diabetes and Emotional Health handbook and toolkit. It integrates a 7As model, which provides a stepwise approach to identifying and addressing diabetes distress. Our diabetes distress e-learning program has been developed systematically, guided by an Intervention Mapping approach. In the next phase of the project, we will trial the e-learning.

History

Journal

Translational Behavioral Medicine

Volume

11

Issue

6

Pagination

1264 - 1273

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Location

Oxford, England

ISSN

1869-6716

eISSN

1613-9860

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal