The opinions of people living with diabetes in Kent and Medway are being sought as part of a survey which will be used to best meet their needs.
The Paula Carr Diabetes Trust has commissioned the University of Greenwich to carry out the research in order to discover what support people with diabetes in the area need to translate good intentions into practice.
The organisation is an independent charitable trust who provides support to people with diabetes in Kent and Medway.
The survey, which is available either online or as a hard copy, is expected to take about 10 minutes to complete and involves a number of multiple choice and open-ended questions.
Dr Paul Newton, of the faculty of education and health, at the University of Greenwich, said: “The aim of the study is to provide an overview of current issues and developments in engaging, involving and empowering people living with diabetes in Kent and Medway to manage their own health and well-being in a positive way.
“The premise is that in order to support, and advocate for, people living with diabetes, it is crucial that the Paula Carr Trust first ask people living with diabetes how they would like to be engaged, involved and empowered as well as the type of support they need to make self-management a reality.
“There are no right or wrong answers, we are only interested in your opinions. The results will give direction to the Paula Carr Trust’s future work.”
The Paula Carr Trust was formed in 1989 in memory of Paula Carr, a girl from Kent, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1984 aged nine. Tragically Paula died in her sleep following a hypoglycemic episode in April 1988 – two months short of her thirteenth birthday.
Paula’s family have helped and supported the charity since it was set up.
Claire Martin, project manager of the Paula Carr Diabetes Trust, says: “This is an essential piece of work that the Trust is funding.
“The research results will provide the insight needed by diabetes care professionals to develop the practical help and support that patients living with diabetes need to stay well.”
People have until Friday, March 31 to submit their comments. They can do so by clicking here.