Background

32 million EU adults (8.2%) had diabetes in 2013, and this number could rise to 38 million by 2035. Diabetes is the fourth most common cause of death in Europe.

The effective treatment and management of diabetes calls for comprehensive approaches to care that empower patients and enable them to self-manage their disease to the best possible extent.  There are good models across the EU on the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, that can serve as an example to others and that can also apply to other chronic diseases.

This work package (WP 7) addresses the challenge that the burden of diabetes places on the health systems and individuals. Its principal objective is to improve coordination and cooperation among Member States to act on diabetes, including the exchange of good practices across the EU. WP 7 focuses on identification of people at high risk, early diagnosis, prevention of complications, and comprehensive multifactorial care. Special emphasis will be given to support the development and implementation of National Diabetes Plans.

Outcomes

Prevention and Care

Improve coordination and cooperation among Member States to act on diabetes, including the exchange of good practices across the EU.

This includes outcomes such as:

  • A report based on a survey among 19 European countries on practices for prevention and management of diabetes
  • SWOT analysis overview of national or sub-national policies and programmes on prevention and management of diabetes
  • Published Monograph with six scientific articles
  • Recommendations to improve prevention and quality of care for people with diabetes (available soon)
  • A set of potential good practices to address type 2 diabetes
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National Plans

Mapping and overview of national policy documents related to diabetes across Europe. Development of National Diabetes Plan (NDP) guidelines including the essential elements of any diabetes plan, with enough room for adaptation to local implementation conditions in any kind of social, economic and cultural context. This includes outcomes such as:

  • Policy Brief
  • Report compiling the country experiences on NDPs in EU and EFTA member states
  • Guide for NDPs (available soon)
  • Published paper in a monograph
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Approach

Task 1 – High Risk

Mapping data/good practices on prevention interventions for people at high risk of type 2 diabetes, and demonstration of how good practice could be transferred and implemented elsewhere

Leadership: THL, Finland

Task 2 – Prevention of Complications

Mapping data/good practices on prevention of complications of type 2 diabetes and demonstration of how good practice could be transferred and implemented elsewhere. Models of care delivery and centeredness of people with diabetes will be the main focus.

Leadership: TUD, Germany

Task 3 – Health Promotion

Assessment of early health promotion intervention strategies for people with type 2 diabetes: identification, recommendations, and sharing of good practices

Leadership: HDir, Norway

Task 4 – Education and Training

Overview of existing guidelines on effective training for health professionals and other stakeholders, aimed at improving the health literacy of and empowering persons with diabetes

Leadership: HHU, Germany

Task 5 – National Diabetes Plans

Mapping and overview of national policy documents related to diabetes across Europe. Development of National Diabetes Plan (NDP) guidelines including the essential elements of any diabetes plan, with enough room for adaptation to local implementation conditions in any kind of social, economic and cultural context.

Leadership: NIJZ, Slovenia

WP 7 Partners

WP leader and co-leader

National Institute of Health (ISS), Italy (leader)

Contact: Marina Maggini: marina.maggini@iss.it

National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), Slovenia (co-leader)

Contact: Jelka Zaletel: jelka.zaletel@kclj.si

Associated Partners

  • Directorate-General of Health, Portugal
  • Dresden University of Technology (TUD), Germany
  • European Institute Of Womens Health (EIWH), Ireland
  • European Patients Forum (EPF), Belgium
  • Galician Healthcare Service (SERGAS), Spain
  • Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), Germany
  • Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain
  • Ministry Of Health (MINSAL), Italy
  • Ministry of Health and Care Services (HOD), Norway
  • National Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), Finland
  • 1st PHA of Attica / “Sotiria” Hospital (YPE), Greece
  • Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos (VULSK), Lithuania

Collaborating Partners

  • Canarian Government, Spain
  • Diabetes Association (APDP-ERC), Portugal
  • European Coalition for Diabets (ECD), Belgium
  • European Health Futures Forum (EHFF), United Kingdom
  • European Wound Management Association (EWMA), Denmark
  • Gesundheit Österreich (GmbH), Austria
  • Ministry for Health, Belgium
  • Ministry of Health, France
  • Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality (MSSSI), Spain
  • National Health Service England (NHS), United Kingdom
  • National Institute of Public Health (SZU), Czech Republic
  • Organization Hub for International Health Research (HIRS), Italy
  • Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
  • World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO EUROPE), Denmark
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