Diamonds Feasibility Study

Co-morbitity study

Research Details

Research Area

Diabetes and Mental Health

Status of the Research:

This research study is now looking for volunteers to take part.

Lead Research organisation

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Description of volunteers required

  • People with a diagnosis of severe mental illness
  • 18 years or older
  • Type 2 diabetes

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Research Overview

People with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, have poorer physical health and a shorter life expectancy than the general population. Higher rates and poorer management of physical long-term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease are partly to blame. There may be several reasons for this, including the individual’s mental illness and treatment, challenges to engaging in healthy behaviours (e.g. exercise, healthy eating), and wider barriers to accessing healthcare and support (e.g. financial, social).

Self-management (which includes taking medications, monitoring symptoms, preventing complications [e.g. damage to kidneys], and leading a healthier lifestyle) is an important part of staying well with a long-term condition. There are many self-management programmes in the NHS to help people with long-term conditions look after themselves, but they often do not address the challenges faced when also managing severe mental illness.

The DIAMONDS research programme aims to overcome this problem by developing a self-management intervention that can specifically help people with diabetes and severe mental illness to be healthier. The DIAMONDS intervention is a 16-week programme that consists of daily self-management tasks (such as goal setting and action planning) and weekly 1-to-1 meetings with a trained facilitator.

Please get in touch, using the links above, if you’d like to find out more or ask any questions!