Health: Diabetes

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Aberavon Lord Morris of Aberavon Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people with type 1 diabetes who use insulin pump therapy are offered access to a dose adjustment for normal eating (DAFNE) course or an equivalent course.

Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

There are no data held centrally about how many people with type 1 diabetes who use an insulin pump have attended a dose adjustment for normal eating (DAFNE) course or such equivalent.

Patient education is an essential part of diabetes care and many diabetes services commission or run courses to educate patients about type 1 diabetes.

The DAFNE course is designed to educate patients (usually over the age of 17) with type 1 diabetes to help them manage their multi-injection therapy, the most common treatment for type 1 diabetes. The DAFNE course is not designed specifically for people with insulin pumps. However, centres that provide DAFNE would advise that all potential pump users attend a DAFNE course before commencing pump therapy.

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