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ACP Diabetes Initiative Extended for Two More
February 7, 2008
(Philadelphia) -- Due to the success of the first three years of
the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American College
of Physicians Foundation (ACPF) Diabetes Initiative, the program
has received additional funding from Novo Nordisk Inc. to continue
the initiative for an additional two years through December
"The results of the first three years of our efforts confirm
that optimal diabetes care requires a team effort," says Vincenza
Snow, MD, FACP, director of clinical programs and quality of care
at ACP. "We are excited to have the opportunity to continue
producing programs and products that will improve the health and
quality of life for people with diabetes."
Launched in 2005 and funded by an unrestricted educational grant
from Novo Nordisk, as part of its Changing Diabetes(sm) initiative,
the ACP and ACPF Diabetes Initiative offers educational tools and
practice-based, team-oriented training for physicians, patients,
and health care teams.
The goals of the initiative include increasing awareness of the
gap between current practice and acceptable standards of diabetes
care among internists; increasing internists' awareness of what
constitutes high quality, evidence-based diabetes care; and
providing educational tools to improve diabetes treatment.
Practice-Based, Team-Oriented Training
To date, 60 team participants from 19 physician practices caring
for a total of 1,300 patients have participated in ACP's "Closing
the Gap" module for diabetes, a program that seeks to close the gap
between clinical evidence and best practices and the care actually
provided in a physician's office. The practice-based, team-oriented
program trains teams - usually an internist, a nurse, and a staff
assistant - to improve the quality of care for patients with
This team-based approach has resulted in statistically
significant improvements in many clinical measures such as a nearly
50 percent improvement in the average number of days between
patient office visits for diabetes (from 115 days to 58), a 40
percent increase in annual urine albumin testing, a 62 percent
increase in annual dilated eye exams (29 percent to 47), and a 100
percent increase in influenza vaccinations (26 percent to 52).
Other important improvements were seen in patients' lipids levels
such as lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
"The Diabetes Initiative on Closing the Gap has proven it is
changing diabetes at its most critical stages: the interface
between patient and the care delivery team. By assessing the risk
for complications or identifying complications earlier, these
complications can be checked and treated appropriately, potentially
reducing the long-term consequences of diabetes," said Alan Moses,
MD, chief medical officer worldwide for Novo Nordisk A/S. "We are
delighted to see that the type of partnership forged between Novo
Nordisk and ACP can directly impact patient care through
restructuring the way diabetes care is delivered and through the
development of new patient and physician educational tools."
Educational Tools Results
Last year, ACP and ACPF produced three educational tools for
practicing internists, other health care professionals on clinical
practice teams, and their patients:
To date, ACP and ACPF have distributed more than 500,000 patient
guides and more than 80,000 clinical care guides.
Since the launch of the Diabetes Portal in June 2007, more than
20,000 unique users have visited the site for over 1.5 million page
hits, an average of 75,000 hits per week. The most popular content
includes slides and audio files from Internal Medicine 2007 and
previous ACP annual meetings, information about drug therapy, and
tools to assist practices in implementing team-based care.
Additionally, professional organizations and societies such as
the American Diabetes Association and the American Nurses
Association, federal and state agencies, academic centers and
residency programs, and private health systems and practices have
utilized the resources developed through the initiative.
About Novo Nordisk
Novo Nordisk is a healthcare company with an 84-year history of
innovation and achievement in diabetes care. The company has the
broadest diabetes product portfolio in the industry, including the
most advanced products within the area of insulin delivery systems.
In addition to diabetes care, Novo Nordisk has a leading position
within areas such as hemostasis management, growth hormone therapy,
and hormone therapy for women. Novo Nordisk's business is driven by
the Triple Bottom Line: a commitment to economic success,
environmental soundness, and social responsibility to employees and
customers. With headquarters in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs more
than 25,000 employees in 79 countries, and markets its products in
About the American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians (www.acponline.org) is the largest medical specialty
organization and the second-largest physician group in the United
States. ACP members include 125,000 internal medicine physicians
(internists), related subspecialists, and medical students.
Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment
of illness in adults.