WHAT IS DIAMONDS?

DIAMONDS stands for Diabetes and Mental Illness: Improving Outcomes and Services.

It is a CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber programme of research that will increase understanding about the problems faced by people experiencing severe mental illness and diabetes.


Our aim is to find ways to support people with severe mental illness to manage their diabetes better and to improve health services for this group.



 
WHY IS THIS RESEARCH IMPORTANT?

People with severe mental illness have poorer physical health than the general population, contributing to a lower life expectancy of around 15 years. 

People with severe mental illness are nearly three times more likely to develop diabetes than the general population. 
Higher prevalence of diabetes and poor diabetes control are partly responsible for the inequalities faced by this patient group.

We know that the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness are often neglected, and that as a patient group they face barriers to accessing appropriate care and support. However, little is currently known about how to tackle this problem and there are few tailored interventions to support people with severe mental illness and diabetes.
 



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