Diabetes & WELLbeing (DWELL)
Healthcare technologies focussing on activity tracking and sleep monitoring are used to gain better insight into individual patterns and needs.
The Diabetes and Wellbeing project is an international initiative to assist diabetics in dealing with their disease in daily life.
Diabetes is a long term non-communicable disease of huge societal & economic concern, not just a clinical issue. Type 2 diabetes (90% of those with the disease) is acquired in later life & can be successfully controlled through healthy lifestyle choices. In 2012, approx 32m people in the EU had diabetes. On average 10% of state healthcare expenditure is on treating it & related complications.
Research shows that intensive self-management is required with currently no standard approach. Initiatives to increase effectiveness, low-cost self-management is essential to the sustainability of treatment.
DWELL is an empowerment programme enabling patients with type 2 diabetes to access tailored support giving them mechanisms to control their condition & improve their wellbeing. Ultimately they will successfully self-manage their diabetes. This empowerment will increase adherence to treatment &improve health & wellbeing measures, giving economic benefits to health services.
People with diabetes benefit from a healthier lifestyle, including an increase in physical activity. However, it appears to be difficult to actually engage in physical activity, and remain active. The aim of this study is to stimulate diabetics to keep making healthy choices and reach personally set goals. By doing so, the project strives to enhance physical health and quality of life in the diabetes population. Positive health is an important pillar within the DWELL project.
The project takes an individualized holistic approach, with one-on-one conversations at the base. The goal is to motivate people to change their lifestyle on the longer term, instead of focussing on treating their current (medical) condition, which often seems to be the standard form of practice. Healthcare technologies focussing on activity tracking and sleep monitoring are used to gain better insight into individual patterns and needs.
Prevalence of diabetes is increasing in all ages. Health services will be overwhelmed by diabetes and its complications if whole society strategies are not put in place. According to the International Diabetes Federation, countries need a stronger strategic approach. DWELL will provide consistent diabetes self-management education and shared learning.
The DWELL (Diabetes and WELLbeing) project is a cross-border collaboration between 8 parties in the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. Kinetic Analysis will lead the project in the Netherlands and the project will be implemented in collaboration with the Amphia Hospital, in Breda.