Diabetes and Health systems

Per Fledelius

The OECD and the Danish National Diabetes Association organized the European Diabetes Leadership Forum in Copenhagen, 25-26 April 2012.

The conference focused on chronic diseases with diabetes as a model disease for improved prevention, early detection and quality of care in Europe. The conference targeted health ministers, politicians, government officials, patients organizations and health economists.

Dr Hans Kluge, Director of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health, the WHO Regional Office for Health, chaired working session 3 on “Better management and control of Diabetes”. The aim of the session was to discuss the future monitoring of performance and improvement of diabetes care from a health system perspective.

Speakers were: Dr Antonio Nicolucci, Coordinator, Data Analysis Board of the Italian Barometer Diabetes Observatory; Dr Amanda Adler, Consultant Physician, NHS, United Kingdom ; Fabrizio Carinci, Technical Coordinator, European Best Information through Regional Outcomes in Diabetes (EUBIROD); Dr Dominique Polton, Head of Strategy and Research, French Health Insurance Fund (CNAMTS); and Dr Michael Borowitz, Senior Health Policy Analysts, OECD health division.

Dr Hans Kluge joined the moderators of the 2 other parallel working sessions (prevention; and early detection and intervention) at a final plenary during which the “Copenhagen Roadmap: Diabetes as a model for tackling Chronic Diseases” was discussed.