The delivery of DAFNE over a continuous 5 day period has been proven to be beneficial on both quality of life and biomedical indices.
In response to requests both from users and educators, the standard consecutive 5-day DAFNE course has been developed to be delivered one day per week over a 5 week period.
This RCT has been designed to evaluate whether intermittent delivery is as good as standard DAFNE, with a view for this to be rolled out nationwide as an alternative, improving delivery flexibility and patient choice. Economic analysis will also be conducted.
Biomedical, psychological and economic will be collected pre-course and at 6 and 12 month post course; with some additional psychological data being collected 6 weeks post course.
The RCT involves both quantitative and qualitative assessments. Participants on both the 5 week and the 5-day course are being interviewed by the qualitative researchers at University of Edinburgh. A sample of the 5 week courses have been observed and participants and educators interviewed immediately after the course and 6 months post course.
Commenced: May 2010
Centres involved: 7
No recruited: 181
Courses run: June 2010 – May 2011
Final results of trial due: September 2012
The 5-week course curriculum and resources have been developed. A train the trainers course for the delivery of the 5 week curriculum has been developed and delivered in May/June 2010, to all DAFNE Educator that will be delivering the 5-week curriculum.
16 standard 5-day DAFNE courses and 16 modified 5 week courses were delivered.
All 6 weeks and 6 months post course follow up data has been collected and the 12 month data collection is ongoing with data collection due for completion May 2012.
The qualitative sub study, exploring patients' experiences of, and views about, standard DAFNE courses delivered over 5 consecutive days or 5 weeks, is now completed and analysis is underway.
Last Updated: 23/04/2013