Improving diabetes care and outcomes for people with severe mental illness

People with severe mental illness (SMI) have a two-to-three fold increased risk of developing diabetes and experiencing poor health outcomes.  However, little is known about the barriers and facilitators to managing diabetes alongside SMI or about the care that these patients receive or need. The DIAMONDS study (Diabetes and Mental Illness – Improving Outcomes and Services) will increase understanding about the relationship between diabetes and SMI, with an aim to improve health services and outcomes. 

The DIAMONDS research group is a NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber collaboration between Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, the Universities of York and Leeds, and Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. A PPI panel of service users/carers has helped to identify research priorities. As well as reviewing evidence about what improves diabetes management in this population, we will examine patient-level data to investigate health outcomes and care pathways. This will inform the development of an intervention for people with co-morbid SMI and diabetes, which will be co-designed with service users, carers and staff before being evaluated to examine its effectiveness for improving diabetes management. 

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