The new initiative will create and disseminate educational tools and information for physicians, patients, and other members of the health care team and will work to raise awareness and teach the best practices in diabetes care.
The initiative will develop a self-management tool kit to help patients become working partners with their health care providers in diabetes care. The patient materials will include information for vulnerable populations such as the elderly, racial and ethnic minorities, non-English speakers, and those with low literacy levels -- groups for whom existing diabetes education materials are particularly limited.
"Internists provide most of the care of people with diabetes in the United States," said Charles K. Francis, MD, FACP, FACC, president of ACP. "We believe this intensive three-year project, combining an emphasis on highest standards of care, measurable goals for practice in office settings, and research can dramatically improve diabetes care."
"To tackle diabetes, we are looking beyond our 116,000 member internists to the health care team as a whole," said Dr. Francis. "ACP is dedicated to promoting evidence-based medicine for care of all chronic diseases, and we can make a difference in improving the care of patients with diabetes."
"Novo Nordisk is committed to working as a catalyst to improve diabetes prevention and treatment, thereby changing the course of the disease for good," said Alan C. Moses, MD, the company's associate vice president for clinical research and medical affairs in endocrinology. He added, "We strive to be the preferre
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