Self-care diabetes programmes to encourage patient's sense of responsibility

Jacksonville 15 September 1998 Health organizations are rapidly discovering the great use of new approaches, such as telemedicine, disease management, and telephone triage systems, with regard to the development of self-care management techniques for diabetics. Today, we are witnessing an exponential market growth for diabetes drugs and monitoring supplies, which will reach the stunning amount of $7.6 billion by the end of this year. Exact details about revenues and growth rates for self-testing and self-treatment products and services from 1993 through 2003 are figuring in "Diabetes Care Markets", a freshly issued report by Feedback Research Services.

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Health organizations are rapidly discovering the great use of new approaches, such as telemedicine, disease management, and telephone triage systems, with regard to the development of self-care management techniques for diabetics. Today, we are witnessing an exponential market growth for diabetes drugs and monitoring supplies, which will reach the stunning amount of $7.6 billion by the end of this year. Exact details about revenues and growth rates for self-testing and self-treatment products and services from 1993 through 2003 are figuring in "Diabetes Care Markets", a freshly issued report by Feedback Research Services.

World-wide, the number of people suffering from diabetes still increases. Health care providers are trying to tackle the problem with the integration of intensive test programmes as well as accurate monitoring strategies for a close follow-up of the patient. Individuals with diabetes are urgently invited to perform regular and critical examinations of their own body in order to detect or prevent medical complications. This type of self-care routines involves the careful control of the blood glucose level as well as the annual check-up of eyes and feet.

The report offers a description of the emerging care strategies, supported by the Internet and telehealth implementation, and presents a survey of the first favourable results, demonstrated by a range of well-established health care provider institutions. This preliminary outcome from a selection of pilot projects seems to prove that self-care management enhances the patient's sense of responsibility while making the individual familiar with examination and treatment regimens. As a result, diabetics need far less reliance upon emergency services or hospitalization. Self-responsibility thus leads to cost-effectiveness.

In addition to the "Diabetes Care Markets" report, the August issue of the "Strategic Briefings" newsletter, equally available from Feedback Research Services, deals with the commercial forces which affect the diabetes care management markets. This 18-page edition includes a range of topical summaries with regard to the competitive influences which play on the existing markets, as well as a profound analysis of renal disease treatment markets. The actual "Diabetes Care Markets" report counts 175 pages and has 37 tables. For $795.00, it can be ordered at Feedback Research Services.


Leslie Versweyveld

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