NHS healthcare professionals and patients have worked with the PocketMedic team to make this series of health information films. Each film has been reviewed by clinicians and patients alike to ensure that the information they share can help you to understand and manage your condition. However, if you have any concerns or worries about your health you should contact your healthcare professional for advice.
People living with diabetes benefit from watching films online
Wednesday 19 April 2017. UK. A report, published in Primary Care Diabetes, confirms that watching short health information films on a computer, tablet or smartphone can help the growing number of people living with diabetes to better manage their condition.
The PocketMedic films were ‘prescribed' to people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, alongside standard treatments, by a GP or practice nurse. After just 3-months, routine tests showed a clinically significant improvement in HbA1c - an established marker of diabetes control.
Professor Jeffrey W Stephens, consultant physician at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and DRU Cymru work package lead for Prediabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Surgery, said, "These results are highly encouraging. One in four patients watched at least one PocketMedic film and these film-watchers demonstrated that, as a result, they were better able to manage their condition."
Self-management skills are widely recognised as an increasingly important treatment that can have a major effect on an individual's quality of life. Yet less than 1 in 100 people typically choose to attend an educational programme that can, potentially, prevent them from developing blindness, kidney failure, amputation or other health complication.
During the study, there were eleven films in the PocketMedic ‘Living with diabetes' series including: What is diabetes? What can I eat? Diabetes and weight, Looking after your feet, Stopping smoking, Medication and monitoring, Jill's story, Jeff's story and Tony and Michelle's story.
Dr Sam Rice, a consultant physician at Hywel Dda University Health Board and DRU Cymru work package lead for New Therapies and Devices explained, "Digital prescriptions encourage people to access expert health information, practical advice and emotional support from the comfort of their own home. Each motivational film can be watched by patients and carers as many times as required and, crucially, at a time when the individual faces a new health challenge."
PocketMedic is the brainchild of Kimberley Littlemore co-founder and creative director of eHealth Digital Media. As a former TV producer and documentary maker, Kimberley has first-hand experience of using the power of storytelling to encourage people to change their behaviour and take decisive action.
The bite-sized ‘Living with diabetes' films were produced by Kimberley Littlemore in partnership with the report authors, Professor Stephens and Dr Rice.
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