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Health Promot Perspect. 2021;11(2): 250-255.
doi: 10.34172/hpp.2021.30
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A remotely-delivered community action project to promote a diabetes lifestyle intervention programme in northwest London: basis, process and outcomes

Sharan J Kapadia 1* ORCID logo, Yu Gao 1, Ewa Cumming 2
*Corresponding Author: Sharan J Kapadia, Email: sharan.kapadia18@ imperial.ac.uk

Abstract

Background: The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in London is rising, obesity being a major driver. As part of a primary care placement, the authors (two medical students and a lead general practitioner) directly promoted the Reducing Weight with Intensive Dietary Support (REWIND) programme to patients in Northwest London and collected feedback on the promotion.

Methods: The team developed and delivered three remote interventions: a redesigned patient-facing information leaflet, phone calls and text messages, and a live, interactive webinar, to directly engage patients and raise awareness about REWIND. Feedback was collected pre and post-webinar using an anonymised, online survey (essentially functioning as a ‘teaching’ evaluation).

Results: Mean interest in REWIND had increased from 2.7 (pre-promotion) to 4.7 (post-promotion), knowledge about REWIND had increased from 2.1 to 4, and self-reported likelihood of enrolling had increased from 2.6 to 4.2 (P<0.01 in all cases). The reported usefulness of the leaflet and webinar was scored 3.7 and 4.4 respectively. Within two weeks of the webinar, two of these patients had joined REWIND.

Conclusion: Feedback from the patients and GP revealed that the project successfully raised awareness, improved knowledge, and increased the likelihood of enrolment in REWIND. Diabetes programmes and organisations are encouraged to adapt the methods of this project to their own contexts, especially in light of COVID-19 where remote interventions will remain essential.

Keywords: Health promotion, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, Health education, Community medicine
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