Thursday, September 10, 2009

Attitudes, Wishes, and Needs of Youth With Diabetes (Type 1 Diabetes in Kids)

Diabetes, Attitudes, Wishes, and Needs in Youth (DAWN)

The DAWN Youth Survey is an initiative that was undertaken in 2001 by NovoNordisk, a major pharmaceutical company specializing in the manufacture of insulin, other diabetic medications, and supplies. 
This 13-nation endeavor was intended as a first step in a larger program which aims to address the unmet needs of young people with diabetes, their families, peers and healthcare professionals.  Results from the survey will be analyzed and used in problem-solving to determine solutions to the concerns that emerged. The ultimate goal of the DAWN program is ensuring that all children and youth with diabetes receive the best care and support possible.

Survey Results

More than 6500 individuals responded to the DAWN Youth Survey.  A brief summary of the survey results reported on the website reveal that one-third of the youth who responded felt that their diabetes is rarely or never in control due to the difficulty of managing proper diet, exercise and glucose monitoring.  In the school setting, the youth perceived a distinct lack of support.  Eighty percent of the parents who responded to the survey reported sometimes feeling overwhelmed by their child's diabetes.  Healthcare providers acknowledged that in only about one-half of all situations are they able to meet their young diabetic patient's psychosocial needs. 

Checkout the DAWN Youth Website

I have to admit, I find the website has so many paths that it is somewhat difficult to easily navigate.  This is the best path to enter the dawnyouth main page.  There is a lot of good information here and a chance to share your own story and opinions.

.Animated Insulin Video

This great little animated "mini-video" is on the NovoNordisk main site--not part of the DAWN Youth site, but included here since both are brought to us courtesy of NovoNordisk.  Too often the basic fundamentals of how and why insulin is important to our bodies are not fully understood by patients with diabetes.  This little video is a great visual guide to a basic understanding of insulin, somewhat similar to an understanding-insulin-analogy that I have developed.  (I mean to "do something" with mine to make it fit for public consumption one of these days . . . )  Meanwhile, here is Hands On: an Animated Slide Show to Help Patients Understand the Role of Insulin.

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