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Diabetes Community Exercise Programme (DCEP) Study

The Diabetes Community Exercise Programme (DCEP) is an inter-professional, coordinated, patient-centred, whānau-supported package of care.

DCEP combines twice weekly education with tailored exercise for 12 weeks, followed by an ongoing twice weekly maintenance exercise class. An inter-professional health team (physiotherapist, long-term condition nurse specialist, dietitians, pharmacists, podiatrists) provide a culturally safe and supportive environment to optimise exercise participation and self-management skills.

We ran a 3 year research study (funded by an HRC project grant) that finished in late 2021.  

On this website you'll find:

  • Our activities during the study period (see our video below talking about what our study members participated in as part of the research)
  • The results of the research
  • Our 'what next' activities for continuing to support and develop diabetes care informed by our learnings from the study and continual relationships with people living with diabetes and their whānau, communities, and health care professionals.  See our WellPro page!

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Funding support

This project is funded by a Health Research Council (HRC) project grant. "Community exercise for long-term management of diabetes and multimorbidity"

Primary investigator: Professor Leigh Hale (School of Physiotherapy)