Diabetes Literacy

Seventh Framework Programme European Commission

Work Package 8: Web-based Support


    Develop web-based support for people with lower levels of health literacy

    Employing engaging audio-visual presentation and quiz formats

    Providing simple interactive tools to support self-management tasks                                    


    Internet is rapidly becoming common even among relatively disadvantaged groups. Studies of web-based diabetes self-management for people with lower levels of health literacy have had mixed results with important unanswered questions. The work of this WP will focus on how to design web-based materials for patients with basic literacy and computer skills but lower levels of health literacy. There will be two types of outputs. Specific web-based patient self-management support materials and tools, and guidelines for provision of web-based support for those with lower levels of health literacy. An expert panel will guide the selection of core components of web-based support. Web-based materials will be developed using the LifeGuide software. Qualitative piloting in several countries will be undertaken to gain further user feedback, followed by quantitative trials of the web-based materials and tools. The finalised materials will be evaluated in a series of small randomised two-arm trials comparing them with standard written materials in each country. 

    Main Partner

    The academic unit of Psychology of the University of Southampton in the UK is the main responsable partner for WP8. This unit also is also developing the LifeGuide software. Principal Investigator and WP Lead is Prof. Lucy Yardley PhD. Researchers involved in carrying out this WP are Ingrid Muller PhD as co-ordinator of the web-based trial and Ali Rowsell as the co-ordinator of the qualitative study. Furthermore the following experts from the University of Southampton contribute to the work package: Prof. Don Nutbeam, professor of Public Health; Prof. Paul Little, professor of Primary Care Research; Dr. Elizabeth Murray, director of the e-Health unit; and Prof. Christopher Byrne, professor Endocrinology & Metabolism.