In News, Webinar

Dr Bláthín Casey and Prof Seán Dinneen will deliver a webinar, titled “Supporting patient-public involvement (PPI) contributors in the use of qualitative methodology: An example from the D1 Now intervention”, on Wednesday 28th November 2018 from 1-2pm (GMT).


Webinar Summary/Outline:

The ‘D1 Now’ intervention aims to improve outcomes among young adults (18-25 years) living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). The intervention adopts a patient centred approach and includes a patient-public involvement group, namely, the D1 Now young adult panel (YAP).

This webinar will describe the involvement of the YAP in the modelling and refining of the D1 Now intervention components. These components will be described in detail in this webinar but include 1) a support worker, 2) an interactive self-management/motivational tool and 3) an agenda setting consultation tool.

Three iterative rounds of testing have been completed to refine the intervention package. These rounds included qualitative research methods, namely focus groups and individual interviews. The YAP have been trained by QUESTS and assisted in data collection and data analysis of this recent work. This webinar describes this training and how the YAP have been involved so far, alongside the latest results from our ongoing data collection.

Learning Objectives:

  • To acknowledge the potential role patient-public involvement contributors can have in qualitative methods.
  • To recognise the varying qualitative roles a PPI contributor can have.
  • To learn about the qualitative methods that can inform the modelling/refining of intervention components within a complex intervention.


About the presenters:

Dr Bláthín Casey is a Post-Doctoral researcher with the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG) at NUI Galway. She is project manager on a project that aims to develop and pilot a complex intervention to improve health outcomes among young adults with Type 1 Diabetes in Ireland. This body of work, entitled ‘D1-Now’, has a strong patient-public involvement (PPI) focus and has developed a Young Adult Panel (YAP) of young adults with T1D. Although early in her research career, Bláthín has a strong peer-review track record and has extensive experience presenting her work orally at an international and national level.

Prof Seán Dinneen is a Senior Lecturer in Medicine (NUI Galway) and Consultant Endocrinologist (Galway University Hospitals). He was Head of the School of Medicine in NUI Galway from 2013 to 2016. In 2016 he was appointed National Lead for the Diabetes Clinical Programme of the Irish Health Service Executive and received a Personal Professorship from NUI Galway. His professional interests include developing and evaluating programmes of self-management education for people with diabetes, developing optimal models of community-based diabetes care and understanding the diabetic foot. He is PI of the Health Research Board funded study, ‘D1-Now’, which will be presented in this webinar.


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