Degree Name

Master of Science (Hons.)


Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


This Thesis is concerned with developing a programme of study that will equip diabetes educators with skills and knowledge necessary for professional practice. A curriculum development framework is used to examine the multiplicity of factors influencing the role and functions of diabetes educators. Curriculum theory is reviewed, contextual factors relevant to diabetes education identified, and their influence on patients with diabetes and on diabetes educators is examined. The theoretical underpinnings of diabetes education are articulated and translated into the core competencies diabetes educators must possess. Data obtained from health professionals and patients with diabetes are presented in a needs analysis. Finally, a curriculum reflecting identified competencies and the needs analysis is presented.



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