Diabetes affects one in 25 people in Scotland. Unlike type 2, it is not linked to lifestyle factors. As those with type 1 typically develop the condition when they are young, our client wanted to investigate how this condition impacts on their lives.
We created a series of three Round Table events at the Scottish Parliament hosted by the Chair of the Diabetes CPG and the International Diabetes Federation. The events were attended by health care professionals, patient groups, and people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Findings from were included in a comprehensive Diabetes in Scotland Report which was launched by an MSP at Our Dynamic Earth in November 2013.
The Report, welcomed by the then Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, concluded that the strain of strict daily insulin injections can lead to anxiety and depression and leave young people feeling stigmatised. Its recommendations included: offering young people psychological support to help them manage their condition; improving the transition from paediatric to adult care; increasing support offered at school; and setting up peer support groups locally.
The client commented: “What a triumph of organisation… The calibre and engagement of the roundtables was brilliant, and likewise the attendees and enthusiasm at the launch”