Psychosocial well-being and diabetes control are interdependent. Assessing patient and healthcare professional attitudes, wishes and needs in diabetes is a vital and valuable part of patient-centred quality of care improvement.
Through DAWN, healthcare professionals have the possibility to use validated patient survey tools. Try out one of the tools available for assessing and addressing psychological needs.
To inquire about availability of a questionnaire in your language or to ask for advice regarding strategic use of the questionnaires in your setting, please contact your local Novo Nordisk contact person.
To practice patient-centred communications skills, you may want to try out “The DAWN experiment”. Effective communication is also empathetic communication: it involves listening to patients in a way that ensures that they feel understood, respected, and cared for.
Download DAWN experiment (PDF)
Depression is common among persons with diabetes, affecting 10-20% of the patient population. Unfortunately the diagnosis of depression is often missed, but using a short questionnaire as the WHO-5 can help to monitor emotional well-being in patients as part of clinical routine.
Download WHO-5 questionnaire (PDF)
It is vital that clinicians are able to identify diabetes-related emotional distress in their patients. One tool that has proven very helpful to healthcare professionals is the Problem Areas in Diabetes (PAID) scale, a simple, one page questionnaire.
Download PAID questionnaire (PDF)
DAWN: Plans to change your life with diabetes
‘Your plans to change your way of living’ provides a quick overview of each person’s needs and readiness to change. The tool has been developed and tested as part of a decision making method called Guided Self-Determination (GSD).
Download Plans to change your life with diabetes (PDF)
DAWN: Room for Diabetes in Your Life tool
‘Room for diabetes in your life’ is a simple dialogue tool to help patients distinguish between negative and positive ways that diabetes can take up room in their life. The tool has been developed and tested as part of a decision making method called Guided Self-Determination (GSD).
Download Room for Diabetes in Your Life tool (PDF)
Tools for young people with diabetes
DAWN Youth Quality of Life tool
The achievement of good metabolic control is difficult in children, and particularly in adolescents. Having diabetes requires a complex, intrusive and highly demanding daily programme for families, which may have a negative effect on Quality of Life (QOL).
Download DAWN Youth Quality of Life tool(PDF)
DAWN Youth Circle tool
The children’s circle tool is designed to stimulate dialogue between the diabetes support team, children and young people with diabetes and their families. It focuses on non-medical issues which impact upon quality of life and diabetes self-management.
Download DAWN Youth Circle tool (PDF)