What is DAFNEplus?

This is the blog of the DAFNEplus Programme Grant, which started on 1 March 2016.

DAFNEplus is shorthand for our programme of research: ‘Developing and trialling the DAFNEplus (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating) intervention. A lifelong approach to promote effective self-management in type 1 diabetes’ which will be completed over the next five and half years.

This research is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and is led by Professor Simon Heller, Professor of Clinical Diabetes and Honorary Consultant at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The research is being managed by the Clinical Trials Research Unit at the University of Sheffield and involves collaboration with ten other academic and clinical partners.

DAFNE is an educational programme for people with type 1 diabetes, which was launched in the UK in 2002, and is available in centres across the UK. Although DAFNE is already a successful programme, the new DAFNEplus research will look at how we can improve this further and help people to better manage their condition in the long term by:

  • Updating the DAFNE curriculum to incorporate behaviour change techniques
  • Supplementing the course with structured follow-up support and technology

We have set up this blog to help raise the profile of the research programme and provide insights into the inner workings of a large-scale research grant. We hope you will find this interesting.