At 18 a young person is suddenly responsible for managing their diabetes – typically a parent would have been very involved in helping the child to manage their diabetes up to that stage. This isn’t easy for the young person, attendance at appointments drops and some young people struggle. Does the problem lie with the way we deliver diabetes care to these young adults?
Prof Seán Dinneen from NUI Galway’s School of Medicine and his team are taking a novel approach to finding the answer to this question: involve the young people in designing how diabetes care should be made available to their age group.
Prof Dinneen and Ciara Keighron, one of the young adults who is helping to redesign diabetes care, spoke at our PPI conference about how the Young Adult Panel (YAP) is making a difference.