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The Diabetes Literacy Conference: Strengthening Diabetes Self-Management for All in Europe

On the morning of 17th November, a few days after the World Diabetes Day, the Diabetes Literacy Consortium hosted its final event “Diabetes Literacy: Strengthening Diabetes Self-Management for all in Europe”. Key research outcomes were presented, including the state of art of diabetes self-management education in Europe. Main messages at European policy level were discussed with stakeholders from policy, health care, and academia.


The Diabetes Consortium Project Video:





09.00-09.30     Registration


09.30-09.35     Video Opening


09.35-09.40     Opening remarks

Diane Levin-Zamir, Director, National Department of Health Education & Promotion of Clalit


09.40-09.55     Diabetes Literacy: Strengthening diabetes self-management in Europe

Stephan van den Broucke, Professor of Health Psychology, Université Catholique de Louvain


09.55-10.30     Inventory – Assessment- Improvement: Diabetes Literacy Key Results


- Diabetes management in Europe could gain strength

Peter Schwarz, Head of the Division of Prevention & Care of Diabetes, University Clinic Dresden

- Diabetes education in Europe could be more effective

Jürgen M. Pelikan, Professor, University of Vienna

- Self-management communication in Europe could improve 

Lucy Yardley, Professor of Health Psychology, University of Southampton


10.30-10.50     Coffee break


10.50-11.10     What, When, How: An international perspective on the need for standards in diabetes management

Martha Funnell, Associate Research Scientist, University of Michigan Medical School 


11.10-12.20     IInteractive Forum: Diabetes Literacy - The next steps for taking position in European health policy and practice. Marlène de Wouters (RTBF TV, moderator)


Panel members:

Mr. Stijn Deceukelier (Diabetes League Flanders)

Mr. Mischa van Eimeren (EU Liaison Officer, European Association for the Study of Diabetes, EASD)

Ms. Kaisa Immonen Charalambous (Director of Policy, European Patients Forum , EPF)

Ms. Viviane de Laveleye, Former director Association Belge du Diabète; Representing the International Diabetes Federation Europe, IDF Europe)

Prof. Dean Schillinger, M.D. (Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, UCSF, Founding director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations).


Diabetes Literacy project members who will present discussion statements for the panel:

Dr. Gerardine Doyle (UCD)

Dr. Helle Maindal (Aarhus University)

Dr. Diane Levin-Zamir (Clalit)

Ms. Louise Schinckus (UCL)

Dr. Kristine Sørensen (Maastricht University)


12.20-12.30     Closing remarks


12.30                Light Lunch


The Diabetes Literacy Project

Diabetes Mellitus is the fourth largest cause of death in the European Union; across Europe, 300 000 people die from related complications each year. As the treatment of diabetes is costly, diabetes care takes up a significant amount of the health costs, with a share varying between 5 and 15 % of the total health expenditure depending on the country.  Inadequate health literacy - people’s knowledge, and competences to access, understand, appraise, and apply health information - contributes to the disproportionate burden of diabetes-related problems among those affected.
Patient empowerment through self-management education is central to improving the quality of diabetes care and preventing Type 2 Diabetes. Although national programs exist, there is no EU-wide strategy for diabetes self-management education, and patients with limited literacy face barriers to effective self-management.
The Diabetes Literacy project has investigated the effectiveness of diabetes self-management education, targeting people with or at risk of Type 2 Diabetes in the 28 EU Member States, as part of a comprehensive EU-wide diabetes strategy. National diabetes strategies in the EU, US, Taiwan, and Israel are compared; the costs of the diabetes care pathway are assessed on a per person basis at national level; and a comparison is made of the (cost)-effectiveness of different methods for diabetes self-management support. Furthermore web-based materials are developed to evaluate if interactive internet delivery can enhance self-management support for people with lower levels of health literacy. 
The Diabetes Literacy project received funding from the EU FP7 Programme (Grant Agreement 306186) and is implemented by an interdisciplinary Consortium of nine partners, and two collaborating partners representing the European Union, North America, Asia and Africa. Project coordinator is the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) from Belgium. 



Tue November 17, 2015 09.00 to
Thu November 19, 2015 17.00




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