Completed by over 5000 people with diabetes globally, the Diabetes Health Profile (DHP-1) has highly satisfactory measurement properties including reliability coefficients > 0.80, construct, convergent and criterion validity in the assessment of the psychological impact of living with diabetes.

Based on a clearly defined conceptual model the DHP-1 was developed for people aged 16 years and older with Type 1 diabetes to assess the psychological impact of living with type 1 diabetes. Developed using a multimethod methodology including, in-depth interviews with patients, clinical consensus and extensive psychometric validation, the DHP-1 comprises 32 items which are summed to provide three domain scores measuring: Psychological distress – (14-items) (dysphoric mood, feelings of hopelessness, irritability, self-harm, feeling of external hostility); Barriers to activity (13-items) (perceived limitation to activity, operant anxiety) and Disinhibited eating (5-items) (lack of eating control, response to food cues and emotional arousal). Items are scored using a 4-point Likert-type scale ranging from 0-3. Domain raw scores are transformed to a common score range of 0-100, with 0 representing no dysfunction. The observed Flesch Kincaid readability statistic is 5.8 for the DHP-1 and a Flesch reading ease is 74.7.

Completion time is approximately 9-12 minutes.

Conceptual Framework

Obtaining the DHP

All users of the Diabetes Health Profile (DHP) are required to register and be approved for use.  Each distinct project requires a license granting the licensee use of the DHP. All users must have current authorisation to use the DHP in any setting or application. The DHP and related materials including manuals, scoring algorithms and licenses are not transferable and exclusively vest with DHP Research & Consultancy Ltd.

If you are thinking of using the DHP but would like to see it first, please click here to download the UK English sample version of the DHP-1 and DHP-18. These versions are for inspection purposes only. All versions of the DHP are copyright.

If you have already decided to use the DHP, please register your study by completing the Contact page. We will then contact you by e-mail to obtain the necessary information and inform you about the terms and conditions which apply to your use of the DHP, including licensing fees (if applicable). Please allow 2 working days to receive this reply.


Licensing fees are determined on the basis of the user information provided and are dependent upon the type of study, funding source, sample size, number of administrations and languages. You are not obligated to purchase by registering.

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