Evaluation of an online social learning environment in type 1 diabetes self-management education

S. C. Mackenzie, K. M. Cumming, D. Garrell, D. Brodie, L. Wilson, S. Mehar, S. G. Cunningham, A. Bickerton, D. J. Wake

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Aims: Self- management education is an essential component of type 1 diabetes care which improves health out-comes. Online mediums of education delivery are growing in popularity, offering a flexible alternative to traditional group education. Interest in online education has increased as healthcare restructuring secondary to covid-19 has restricted face-to-face offerings. We delivered and evaluated a free open online course in type 1 diabetes self- management education.
Methods: Understanding type 1 diabetes was a free open on-line course accessible via registration on an online platform. The course was delivered over a 2- day period in December 2020 and focused on key self- management concepts featuring videos, quizzes and moderated comment sections ac-companied by a daily live Q&A session. The course was evaluated via a post- course questionnaire to establish user feedback and experience.
Results: 216 users started the course, with 106 users completing >75% of the course steps (completion rate 49.1%). Among the 103 users who completed the optional post- course questionnaire, 69 had type 1 diabetes and 21 were healthcare professionals. Most users agreed that the course was easy to follow (95.1%), improved their knowledge of diabetes (76.2%), motivated them to manage their diabetes (79.7%) and improved their self- management confidence (79.4%). Thematic analysis of free- text responses identified appreciation of the peer- learning environment provided with minimal technical difficulties experienced.
Conclusions: Open online courses offer a remotely accessible, engaging and scalable method of self-management education delivery that motivated and improved the self-management confidence of their user base.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberP176
Pages (from-to)65-65
Number of pages1
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021
EventDiabetes UK Professional Conference 2021 - Online
Duration: 19 Apr 202130 Apr 2021


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