Current DAFNE research & projects

The DAFNE Collaborative is strongly committed to research and development to improve the DAFNE program. The DAFNE Research Group is currently working on a number of studies and research programs. Some of these are listed below. You can read more about further studies by visiting the UK DAFNE website.

Australian research & projects

TEAM T1 – Teens Empowered to Actively Manage Type 1 Diabetes

TEAM T1 is a five-day group education program designed for teenagers aged 14 – 18 years with type 1 diabetes. It has been adapted for adolescents from the DAFNE program for adults with type 1 diabetes.

A pilot version of the TEAM T1 program was run at three Australian locations in 2009 and 2010, with 19 teenagers. Results showed that the program was acceptable and helpful for teenagers and their parents. Most participants had improved HbA1c levels 3 months after the program. They also reported improved confidence to manage their diabetes and less diabetes-related distress.

TEAM T1 is now being rolled out at a number of locations across the country. You can read more about the TEAM T1 program here.

UK research & projects

Trial of 5-day vs 5-week DAFNE format

Research has shown that delivering DAFNE over a consecutive 5-day period is very effective. However, some people are unable to attend a full week program, and so miss out on doing a DAFNE course altogether. DAFNE in the UK is responding to these requests by trialling an “intermittent” delivery format. These courses would be delivered one day per week over five weeks (5-week DAFNE).

This randomised controlled trial will evaluate whether the 5-week DAFNE is as good as the standard (5-Day) DAFNE. Results collected from this trial will be analysed in late 2012 and 2013.

A small number of Australian centres will also be trialling the 5-week DAFNE format in 2014. The list of centres are marked in the Find a Centre section.  

REPOSE: Relative Effectiveness of Pumps Over MDI and Structured Education

Insulin pumps are sometimes seen as the ‘gold star’ method of delivering insulin to people with type 1 diabetes. This research will look at the effectiveness of pumps in comparison to multiple daily injections of insulin. One study group will receive the standard DAFNE program for people using MDI therapy. The second study group will receive DAFNE education that has been adapted for people using pump therapy. It is anticipated that the final results of this study will be available in 2015.

Irish research & projects

Ongoing care post-DAFNE

Research has shown that ongoing support assists with improving outcomes from education programs. The Irish DAFNE Study Group is currently comparing two different methods of follow-up care after a DAFNE course. Participants in one study group are returning to their usual one-to-one clinic visits post-DAFNE. Participants in the second study group are attending structured group follow-up sessions after DAFNE. This research will also look at economic concerns and the qualitative experiences of participants in both study groups. Results and papers are being published in late 2012 and 2013.