Publication Date: 2014.
Latin America faces a unique set of challenges in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). This report identifies these challenges and provides a framework for implementation of the strategies, policies and education programs which are needed to optimize the management of this condition. In order to improve future diabetes care, it will be necessary to address existing problems such as limitation of resources, inadequate management of hyperglycemia, and inappropriate education of healthcare team members and people with diabetes. Achieving these goals will require collaborative efforts by many individuals, groups and organizations. These include policymakers, international organizations, healthcare providers, those responsible for setting medical school curricula, patients and society as a whole. It is anticipated that improved/continuing education of healthcare professionals, diabetes self-management education and development of a team approach for T2DM care will lead to optimization of patient-centered care. Implementation of multicentric demonstration studies and rational use of antidiabetic treatments will be necessary to demonstrate the long-term favorable impact of these strategies upon quality of care, prevention of chronic complications, mortality, healthcare costs and patient quality of life.
Author affiliation: Escalante, Miguel. Centro Medico Nacional de Occidente; México
Author affiliation: Gagliardino, Juan Jose. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Cientifico Tecnológico La Plata. Centro de Endocrinologia Experimental y Aplicada (i); Argentina. Universidad Nacional de La Plata; Argentina
Author affiliation: Guzmán, Juan Rosas. Centro de Especialidades Medicas de Celaya; México
Author affiliation: Tschiedel, Balduino. Institute for Children with Diabetes in Porto Alegre; Brasil
Repository: CONICET Digital (CONICET). Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas