Online Education for Gluten-Free Eating

Development and Usability Testing of an E-Learning Module for Children with Concurrent Celiac Disease and Type 1 Diabetes.

Principal Investigator
Catharine Walsh

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged through gluten consumption, making it hard for the body to absorb nutrients. Up to 16 per cent of children with type 1 diabetes also develop celiac disease. This life-long condition is treated by removing gluten from the diet — for life. When children are diagnosed with celiac disease, they receive one-on-one education regarding the gluten-free diet from dietitians; however, this type of education uses many resources.

Professor Catharine Walsh and her team will try to determine if an interactive online learning module may be an effective way to educate children and their families about the gluten-free diet. This tool could allow them to access information from home when needed and use the online module to educate other people, such as teachers and babysitters, who may contribute to meal preparation and supervision; it would also help to improve the cost-effectiveness of celiac disease education.

Margaret Marcon, Robert Bandsma, Veronik Connan, Farid Mahmud, Esther Assor, Laura Vresk