ADNAT: Development of the Adolescent Diabetes Needs Assessment Tool
The Adolescent Diabetes Needs Assessment Tool (ADNAT) intervention was developed in 2012, following on from Joy Probyn’s PhD research which explored the lived experiences of young people with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) (Spencer et al 2013, 2011, 2010). The findings indicated a range of psychosocial factors impacting on blood glucose control for individual young people with T1D, including family, peers, school, physical activity and mental wellbeing. ADNAT aims to aid and promote patient self-management and optimise blood glucose control through providing an interactive platform of communication between young people and health professionals. Over the past six years, two research studies have been conducted to evaluate the impact of ADNAT in practice (Cooper et al 2018, 2014, 2012, 2009). Dr May Ng at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust has recently received funding to support further development and updating of the ADNAT app for use in practice. Focus groups are being conducted with young people to support the development of the software technology.
Team: Joy Probyn with external partners: Gillian Lancaster (Professor of Medical Statistics, University of Keele), Dr May Ng (Lead Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, Chair of the North West Paediatric Diabetes Network; Chair of the UK Association of Children’s Diabetes Clinician, and Royal College CSAC Training Advisor for Endocrinology and Diabetes), Helen Cooper (Retired Professor of Nursing and PI for ADNAT), Lucy Bray (Professor of Child Health Literacy).