EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2015. Every year, EAEA hands out the EAEA Grundtvig Award to successful projects in adult education. In 2015, three projects were awarded with a prize: an international, a European and a national initiative. The theme of this year’s award was Adult Education and Health.
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Diabetes mellitus is the fourth largest cause of death in the European Union. About 32 million people in the EU live with diabetes, almost 50 percent of whom are unaware of their condition. Treatment of diabetes is costly and amounts to 5 to 15 percent of the total health expenditure of European countries.
Education on self-management has shown very positive outcomes. However, the cost-effectiveness of these interventions is not sufficiently substantiated. Furthermore, the success of a diabetes education program also depends on the quality of its implementation, including implementation fidelity. The (cost) effectiveness of diabetes self-management education depends on various patient characteristics and contextual conditions. The level of health literacy plays a key role.
The Diabetes Literacy project aims to assess and compare the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different methods for diabetes self-management education (individual and group education, IT based education, and self-help), assess the implementation fidelity of current diabetes self-management education programmes, consider the moderating role of health literacy in self-management education for diabetic patients, and develop and test literacy-appropriate diabetes education materials. It will also assess the conditions for effectiveness of self-management education programs in the way the health services are organised.
To tackle the disease, the Diabetes Literacy project seeks to reach numerous objectives:
The Diabetes Literacy Consortium of Research, Stephan Van den Broucke