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Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, LLC Launches New Center to Provide State-of-the-Art Education, Training to Health Professionals
Date:2/29/2008

untry. Agreeing that diabetes is reaching crisis levels, the experts cautioned that if present trends continue, one in three Americans, and one in two minorities, born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime. According to experts participating in the Town Hall, reversing these trends will require addressing the many barriers that are preventing patients and providers from achieving established treatment goals.

To identify these barriers, the new Institute recently underwrote a national survey aimed at assessing the issues and needs of health professionals who regularly treat diabetes patients at the community level. Conducted by Penn, Schoen and Berland, the survey reviewed the attitudes of 251 practitioners -- physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and certified diabetes educators -- and found growing concern about the ability of health professionals to improve patient outcomes. Virtually all respondents (94 percent) say they are very worried about the impact of diabetes in their communities and more than nine in ten (91 percent) report diabetes rates have increased in their localities over the last five years. In fact, 95 percent of those surveyed consider diabetes an epidemic in their community.

But as the prevalence of diabetes increases, health professionals worry that not enough attention is being paid to diabetes management at the community level, a problem cited by 83 percent of respondents. As a consequence, these practitioners cite increasing obstacles to providing better diabetes care. Almost four in five (78 percent) identify the lack of early screenings for diabetes as a cause for the complications their patients face when they are eventually diagnosed.

Practitioners also worry about a lack of funding for community education programs and 23 percent of respondents cite this problem as the single most important obstacle to improving diabetes care. In fact, 96 percent of respondents said that additional resources
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