A protocol for the development and piloting of quality measures to support the Healthier You: The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Farina Kokab, Rachel Foskett-Tharby, Nick Hex, Paramjit Gill

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Background The increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the UK creates an additional, potentially preventable burden on health care and service providers. The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme aims to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes through the identification of people at risk and the provision of intensive lifestyle change support. The provision of this care can be monitored through quality measurement at both the general practice and specialist service level.
Aim: To develop quality measures through piloting to assess the validity, credibility, acceptability, reliability, and feasibility of any proposed measures.
Design & setting: The non-experimental mixed design piloting study consists of consensus testing and exploratory research with GPs, commissioners, and patients from Herefordshire, England.
Method: A mixed-method approach will be used to develop and validate measures for diabetes prevention care and evaluate their performance over a 6-month pilot period consisting of consensus testing using a modified RAND approach with GPs and commissioners; four focus groups with 8–10 participants discussing experiences of non-diabetic hyperglycaemia (NDH), perceived ability to access care and prevent diabetes, and views on potential quality measures; and piloting final measures with at least five general practices for baseline and 6-month data.
Results: The findings will inform the implementation of the diabetes prevention quality measures on a national scale while addressing any issue with validity, credibility, feasibility, and cost-effectiveness.
Conclusion: Healthcare professionals and patients have the opportunity to evaluate the reliability, acceptability, and validity of measures.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberBJGP-2017-0039
JournalBJGP Open
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2017


  • type 2 diabetes
  • quality measures
  • pilot
  • protocol
  • non-diabetic hyperglycaemia
  • national diabetes prevention programme


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