UNC Health Talk

UNC doctors contribute to new web resource for diabetes education

Contact: Mark Derewicz, 919-923-0959, mark.derewicz@unch.unc.edu

July 1, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) at the National Institutes of Health has released the Promoting Medication Adherence in Diabetes website, a compilation of resources and research articles to support health care professionals in promoting medication taking-behavior among their patients and within their teams. The goal is to increase the number of patients that adhere to their medicine prescriptions and reduce health care complications stemming from non-adherence.

During the past year, UNC School of medicine professor of endocrinology John Buse, MD, PhD, chaired the NDEP’s Medication Adherence Task Group to review and compile resources for the NDEP’s Promoting Medication Adherence in Diabetes web resource. UNC’s Laura Young, MD, was also part of the task group.

“Medication adherence is an important topic for health care professionals and patients,” said Buse, director of the UNC Diabetes Care Center. “This resource will help health care professionals to work collaboratively with their patients and teams to improve medication-taking behavior, which is particularly crucial for the millions of people with diabetes.”

As the World Health Organization reports, an average of 50 percent of medications for chronic diseases are not taken as prescribed, leading to worse outcomes for patients and health systems. Achieving optimal medication-taking behavior is a collaborative process of communication and understanding between the health care team and patient, and this new resource can help improve that process.

Promoting Medication Adherence in Diabetes contains practical resources for health care professionals to share with their patients, such as handouts, videos, presentations, training guides, and assessment tools. The resource also includes a section on scientific evidence related to medication adherence, and features journal articles for health care professionals and researchers. To learn more, please visit the National Diabetes Education Program website.

John Buse, MD, PhD, is the director of the UNC Diabetes Care Center, professor of endocrinology at the UNC School of Medicine, chief of the division of endocrinology at UNC Health Care, and director of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute. Laura Young, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Diabetes Center for Research at UNC.

Established in 1997, the National Diabetes Education Program is a federally-funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It includes over 200 partners at the federal, state, and local levels, working together to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. To learn more or to download NDEP resources, please visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org.