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What are the activities and goals of the European Diabetes Forum?

Interview with Chantal Mathieu (Chair), Stefano Del Prato (Vice-Chair) and Bart Torbeyns (Executive Director) about the activities and goals of the European Diabetes Forum. Recorded at the 58th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD 2022) in Stockholm, Sweden.

EUDF policy recommendations

The Strategic Forums have developed specific, achievable sets of policy recommendations in three key areas. 

Integrated care is an emergent set of practices that seeks to move away from care that is fragmented, episodic, and service-based, with care that is continuous, coordinated, and outcomes-focused. As the WHO describes it, integrated care is “seamless, smooth, and easy to navigate.”  

Diabetes registries, which collect, track, and analyse patient data on parameters ranging from clinical characteristics, risk factor control indicators, diabetes complications, and treatments, can become an essential tool for improving the quality of diabetes care and securing better outcomes for people with diabetes when integrated in the diabetes care system. 

Digital technologies are driving significant changes in healthcare, offering new solutions to assist in preventing, diagnosing, and treating chronic diseases. Diabetes is ideally suited to benefit from these types of digital tools, given it is a largely a self-managed condition, and especially data-driven.  

A forum for turning the tide on diabetes in Europe

Diabetes remains one of the most undertreated and underestimated of all common medical conditions.

What can be done to address the diabetes challenge?

The EUDF's recommendations pinpoint three areas where – if certain steps are taken – progress is readily within reach: integrated care, registries, and digital technologies

What does it take to empower people with diabetes, improve outcomes and rethink diabetes care?

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Viewpoint Story by Robert Heine, Chair of the EUDF Data & Registries Strategic Forum. 

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Viewpoint Story by Peter Schwarz, Chair of the EUDF Self-care, Technology & Digitalization Strategic Forum. 

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Viewpoint Story by Angus Forbes, Chair of the EUDF Integrated Care Strategic Forum. 

Our Vision

We enable healthcare systems to cope with the diabetes pandemic, while achieving the best possible outcomes for patients.

Our Mission

 Ensure the translation of research into policy actions towards better diabetes care at national level. 

Who We Are

 The European Diabetes Forum aims to improve outcomes for people with diabetes, and unite stakeholders from across the diabetes landscape in Europe. This includes, policy makers, research, scientific societies, patient organisations, nurse associations, institutions connected to diabetes related
co-morbidities, industry, governments, regulators, payers,
and many more. 

Our Role

 We will provide the platform for these stakeholders to collaborate and to improve how we, as societies, manage diabetes and jointly advocate for policy change that enables our healthcare systems to cope with the diabetes pandemic. We will support European and national stakeholders in driving a policy conversation, take concrete action to improve diabetes care, and provide a central point of contact for diabetes policy in Europe. 

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Join the European Diabetes Forum

We invite all stakeholders in the European diabetes landscape to join the European Diabetes Forum (EUDF). Together we will speak with one strong voice to improve diabetes care and make policy makers aware of the urgent and problematic diabetes situation in Europe. 

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A Call to Action

We call out to all stakeholders in the diabetes landscape, on a European and national level, to collaborate to advance the agenda of diabetes and advocate for policy change. Unite behind this Call to Action which outlines the urgent and problematic diabetes situation in Europe, the underlying causes, and the directions for solutions. Together we need to enable healthcare systems to cope with the diabetes pandemic.