TNDMS - The National Diabetes Management Strategy
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Welcome to the National Diabetes Strategy

A program to evaluate diabetes care in Canada

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in Canada. Despite advances in treatments, many Canadians are not receiving optimal care and are at risk for the development of the serious and costly complications of the disease.

Western University and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) joined together to establish the National Diabetes Management Strategy.

Under the leadership of the Dr. Stewart Harris, Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management, the over-arching goal of the National Diabetes Management Strategy is to evaluate the status of diabetes care in Canada, with an ultimate goal of reducing clinical care gaps and optimizing the management of diabetes

For more information:
Jackie McLellan
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 519-661-2111 ext. 22102
Fax: 519-858-5029
E-Mail: jackie.mclellan@schulich.uwo.ca
Website: The National Diabetes Management Strategy

 

         
See more on FORGE AHEAD Research Study See more info on Primary Care Diabetes Boot Camp See more on Diabetes Bootcamp for Prescribers See more info on Healthy Moms Healthy Babies Research Study

 

DEFINE
Diabetes Evaluation Framework for Innovative National Evaluations

The overall aim of DEFINE is to guide the comprehensive evaluation of diabetes prevention and management, and to facilitate policy innovations in order to improve diabetes care and reduce the clinical and financial burden of diabetes. The framework is available on this website (including instructions, videos, helpful tips, worksheets...) to enable more comprehensive evaluations in the field of diabetes so that we can: 1) move beyond system performance to explore the relationship between investments/programs and outcomes (i.e. Diabetes Education Centres [DECs], team-based care models, registries, clinical practice guidelines), 2) more accurately measure the impact of investments, and 3) enable policy makers, government, and other stakeholders to make informed decisions. We hope that DEFINE will help build the knowledge and evidence needed to improve the Canadian healthcare system.

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Congratulations - Dr. Stewart Harris receives Order of Canada

July 7, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Stewart Harris, who was among 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada announced by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

Dr. Harris, has received the distinguished honour for his contributions to the development of strategies to manage and reduce diabetes in Aboriginal communities and other vulnerable populations. He is a renowned researcher on developing and evaluating strategies to improve clinical outcomes for patients with type 2 diabetes, has published more than 240 peer review papers and is dedicated to addressing the pressing need for new diabetes care delivery systems.

He is also Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Primary Care Diabetes Support Program. Dr. Harris leads the innovative Primary Care Diabetes Support Program,  which provides diabetes education and support for those without a family doctor or who live with various challenges that make managing diabetes more difficult, such as poverty, language barriers, social isolation, addictions or mental illness. A multidisciplinary team teaches patients how to become diabetes self-managers and helps them access the resources they need to manage their diabetes effectively. The team also assists family physicians in London to build capacity for diabetes care in their own practices.

The Order of Canada, is one of the country’s highest civilian honours, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

FORGE AHEAD FILM: 5 min has hit YouTube

June 10, 2015

The FORGE AHEAD Research Program was highlighted in a short video shown on ADA TV at the American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Symposium in Boston (USA) (June 5 - 9).

 

AstraZeneca donates $500,000 to forge health care improvements in Canada’s indigenous communities

February 20, 2015
More than nine million Canadians live with diabetes and prediabetes – a chronic, debilitating and potentially fatal disease if left untreated.

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), this disease, in which the body can’t produce, or properly use, insulin (a hormone required to convert glucose into energy) is increasing by epidemic proportions in Canada.

Aboriginal Peoples are among the highest risk group for developing diabetes and related complications, with a prevalence in First Nations communities three to five times higher than the general population. This is due to a number of factors including genetic predisposition, lifestyle and quality of care.


To address this mounting health crisis in First Nations communities, AstraZeneca Canada Inc. has donated $500,000 to Western University in support of the FORGE AHEAD Research Program, led by Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Professor Dr. Stewart Harris

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FORGE AHEAD is in the News

November 10, 2014
In the Globe and Mail and now on the Canadian Diabetes Association website!  Initiative aims to improve diabetes care in Aboriginal communities
http://specialfeature.diabetes.ca/diabetes-awareness-month/improving-aboriginal-care

Congratulations to
Dr. Stewart Harris on being awarded the 2014 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research. The honour recognizes faculty members with outstanding international reputations for their contributions in research. Two prizes are offered annually, one in the area broadly defined as the natural sciences and engineering, one in the social sciences and humanities (May 2014).

Dr. Stewart Harris is very pleased to announce his reappointment to the position of Canadian Diabetes Assocation (CDA) Chair in Diabetes Management, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. This reappointment will allow Dr. Harris and his team to continue their progressive and innovative program of research prioritizing evaluation of diabetes and chronic disease models of care, diabetes research with First Nations, research utilizing clinical and administrative health databases, and investigator initiated clinical trials.

Harris, Stewart B.; Green, Michael E.; Brown, Judith Belle; Roberts, Sharon; Russell, Grant; Fournie, Meghan; Webster-Bogaert, Susan; Kotecha, Jyoti; Han, Han; Thind, Amardeep; Stewart, Moira; Reichert, Sonja; Tompkins, Jordan; Birtwhistle, Richard.  Impact of a Quality Improvement Program on Primary Healthcare in Canada: A Mixed-method Evaluation.  Health Policy (2014) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2014.10.019