A Collaborative Approach To Health Promotion Targeting People With Mental Illness At Risk Of Diabetes: A Process Evaluation

Nana Folmann Hempler, Regitze Saurbrey Pals, Lone Oest, Vinie Diana Hvidbak Levisen, Rikke Hjort Laursen

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People with mental illness (users) have a notable higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than the general population. Recent studies show that traditional lifestyle interventions focusing solely on exercise and diet targeting users have small effect. Studies suggest that collaborative approaches as a starting point for health behaviour change is more beneficial, but implementation into practice is a challenge.
Using the Medical Research Council's guidance for process evaluation, we explored implementation of a collaborative approach in health promotion activities targeting users at risk of diabetes. The collaborative approach focused on involvement of users in the agenda setting and reflection about readiness to change health behaviour and was supported by dialogue tools (e.g. quotes and games), developed in collaboration with users. Educators received three days of training in applying the approach. Collected data included questionnaires for users (n=154) and educators (n=158), interviews with users (n=14) and educators (n=10) and observations of health activities (n=37). Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and systematic text condensation.
The majority of educators tested the approach in their practice and tried at least one tool (96%). Users expressed that the approach supported them in expressing their thoughts regarding their health and directed focus on their needs rather than the agenda of the educator. Most users strongly agreed that educators were open-minded and responsive (93%). However, observations showed that some educators overlooked cues from users regarding motivation for health behaviour change. Furthermore, educators pointed to lack of involvement from their managers as a barrier for implementation.
Implementation of a collaborative approach was feasible in practice. However, training of educators in active listening and involvement of managers prior to implementation should be prioritised further.
Translated title of the contributionEn samarbejdsmæssig tilgang til sundhedsfremme målrettet mennesker med psykisk sygdom og med fare for at udvikle diabetes: En procesevaluering.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date7 Jan 2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2017
EventAmerican Diabetes Association, 78th Scientific Sessions - Orlando, United States
Duration: 22 Jun 201826 Jun 2018


ConferenceAmerican Diabetes Association, 78th Scientific Sessions
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • empowerment
  • user driven innovation


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