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Richard Smith: Hauling the private sector onboard to combat diabetes

12 Dec, 11 | by BMJ Group

Richard SmithThe golden phrase for countering non-communicable disease (NCD) is that we need a “whole of government and whole of society approach.” An important step on that path is obviously for all parties to talk together, and that’s why the International Diabetes Federation for the first time started its biannual conference with a “global diabetes forum,” with the title of “Harnessing the private sector expertise.” How did it go? more…

David Kerr: T(w)eaching – using Twitter to teach patients

11 May, 11 | by BMJ Group

David Kerr

In the UK, we usually do it in groups – that is teaching patients with diabetes and other chronic disease how to self manage their condition. For example, a group approach is now used commonly for teaching patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes, for those moving from oral hypoglycemic agents to insulin or when individuals need to start insulin pump therapy. One of the attractions of group teaching is that it is more cost effective for healthcare providers compared to a one on one approach.  more…

Research highlights – 11 March 2011

11 Mar, 11 | by BMJ Group

Research questions “Research highlights” is a weekly round-up of research papers appearing in the print BMJ. We start off with this week’s research questions, before providing more detail on some individual research papers and accompanying articles.

Richard Smith on countering the “wicked problem” of the chronic disease pandemic

24 Apr, 09 | by julietwalker

Richard SmithI spent two days last week in the seductive grandeur of Trinity College, Oxford, fretting about the global pandemic of chronic disease, but I left feeling optimistic—despite the pandemic raging as fiercely as ever. more…

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