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system changes to improve care for diabetes is not
an insurmountable challenge. Numerous organizations
have succeeded. Click here
to see several models of care and their success
broad system changes is a challenging feat, even for the organization
with substantial resources of staff and funding. For providers facing
other challenges as well, the commitment required to make system-wide
changes in the way diabetes patients receive care may seem beyond
we look at the opportunity, however, and the potential to make drastic
long-term improvements in the lives of millions of people, it becomes
clear that healthcare professionals must take on this challenge.
section addresses some of the most common obstacles professionals
face when enacting a systems change. You may find other hurdles
as well. You can submit your particular obstacle in the Forum Section
(link) to see if another user may have a suggestion.
most important aspect to remember is that a systems change is an
ongoing process of implementing step-by-step improvements. All of
the answers will not happen simultaneously, but over an extended
period of time with incremental adjustments, evaluations and refinement.
systems, and how data management helps identify needs of patients.
policies, since proactive, continual care may involve phone calls,
brief contacts and care divided among extended members of the
sensitivity and meeting the needs of a diverse population.
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