DAFNE is cited as an example of high quality structured education in NICE guidance on the use of patient education programmes in diabetes.1

'For Type 1 diabetes, the impact of this guidance will depend to a large extent on the uptake of the DAFNE programme.' - NICE Technical Appraisal 60 April 2003

The 2004 report2 from the working party set up to support the development of structured education to meet NICE Guidance and NSF delivery strategy also cites DAFNE as an example of a programme for Type 1 diabetes that meets these criteria.

DAFNE fully complies with Standard 1 of the NICE Quality Standard - Diabetes in Adults4 and recommendations laid down in the National Audit Office report on the management of adult diabetes services5.

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Further detail on how DAFNE meets the key criteria can be found in:

  • The 'Structured Education Toolkit' document, developed by the Structured Education working group and completed for the DAFNE programme
  • The article published in Practical Diabetes International,3 which provides a further overview
  1. National Institute for Clinical Excellence. Technology Appraisal Guidance 60. Guidance on the use of patient education models for diabetes. April 2003
  2. Department of Health. Structured patient education working group: Report from the Patient Education Working Group: 2005
  3. Oliver L, Thompson G. The DAFNE Collaborative: Experiences of developing and delivering an evidenced based quality assured programme for people with Type 1 diabetes. Practical Diabetes International 2009; 26 (9); 371-377
  4. NICE Quality Standard - Diabetes in Adults.  March 2011
  5. National Audit Office: The management of adult diabetes services in the NHS.  May 2012

Last Updated: 27/11/2017