Journal article

Lifestyle change in Kerala, India: needs assessment and planning for a community-based diabetes prevention trial

Meena Daivadanam, Pilvikki Absetz, Thirunavukkarasu Sathish, KR Thankappan, Edwin B Fisher, Neena Elezebeth Philip, Elezebeth Mathews, Brian Oldenburg

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2013


BACKGROUND: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) has become a major public health challenge in India. Factors relevant to the development and implementation of diabetes prevention programmes in resource-constrained countries, such as India, have been under-studied. The purpose of this study is to describe the findings from research aimed at informing the development and evaluation of a Diabetes Prevention Programme in Kerala, India (K-DPP). METHODS: Data were collected from three main sources: (1) a systematic review of key research literature; (2) a review of relevant policy documents; and (3) focus groups conducted among individuals with a high risk of progressing to diabetes. The key findings ..

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Awarded by National Health & Medical Research Council, Australia

Awarded by Fogarty International Centre of the National Institutes of Health


Funding Acknowledgements

Research reported in this publication was supported by the Kerala Diabetes Prevention Programme (K-DPP), funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council, Australia (Grant Identification Number: 1005324); and by trainees who are supported by the ASCEND Programme (, funded by the Fogarty International Centre of the National Institutes of Health (Award Number: D43TW008332). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of these two funding agencies. We would also like to thank Dr. Pradeepkumar AS, Additional Director of Health Services (Public Health), Directorate of Health Services, Government of Kerala and Dr. Hafiz SA, State Nodal Officer (NCD), National Rural Health Mission, Kerala for verifying the current status in terms of implementation of the NCD-related national programmes in the state.