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Pilot feasibility study of the Walking Away from Diabetes programme for adults with intellectual disabilities in two further education colleges: Process evaluation findings

  Background: People with intellectual disabilities (ID) remain at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D) due to lifestyle associated risk factors. Educational programs have been adapted for people with ID targeting ongoing T2D self-management. However, there are no adapted programs which aim to prevent T2D through reducing risk factors. The present study initiates addressing this gap.
Methods: Further education (FE) Colleges in Scotland were recruited for feasibility study using the Walking Away (WA) from Diabetes program. Process evaluation assessed recruitment, retention, baseline physical activity levels, and acceptability and accessibility using focus groups.
Results: 96% of invited students agreed to participate. WA was positively received, and some short-term impact was described. Suggestions for further adaptations regarding materials, delivery, and content were provided, including delivery embedded within FE college curriculum.
Conclusions: Recruitment, retention, and acceptability provide rationale for further research on T2D prevention in FE colleges.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    02 April 2019

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.1111/jar.12593

  • ISSN:

    1360-2322

  • Library of Congress:

    RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    613 Personal health & safety

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded

Citation

Maine, A., Brown, M. J., Dickson, A., & Truesdale, M. (2019). Pilot feasibility study of the Walking Away from Diabetes programme for adults with intellectual disabilities in two further education colleges: Process evaluation findings. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32(5), 1034-1046. https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12593

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Keywords

Intellectual disability, Type 2 diabetes, lifestyle, self-management,

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    This is the peer reviewed version of the following article:Maine, A., Brown, M. J., Dickson, A., & Truesdale, M. (in press). Pilot feasibility study of the Walking Away from Diabetes program for adults with ID in two further education colleges: Process evaluation findings. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, , which will be published in final form at [Link to final article using the DOI - tbc]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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