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  • New Diabetes Guidelines Focus on Individualized Approach, Physical Activity Education

    "Interventions designed to impact an individual's physical activity levels and food intake are critical parts of type 2 diabetes management," say new guidelines that call for a more patient-centered approach to managing type 2 diabetes. Such an approach, according to the guidelines, allows for individual patient needs, preferences, and tolerances, and takes into account differences in age and disease progression.

    The guidelines, which are less prescriptive than the previous ones, recommend providing all patients with diabetes education—in an individual or group setting—focusing on dietary intervention and the importance of increased physical activity, in addition to weight management, when appropriate. They encourage developing individualized treatment plans built around a patient's specific symptoms, comorbidities, age, weight, racial/ethnic/gender differences, and lifestyles.

    Developed jointly by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), the guidelines are being published concurrently in Diabetes Care and EASD's journal Diabetologia. The need for a joint task force to review and revise the guidelines was driven by the "increasingly complex and to some extent controversial" nature of glycemic management for type 2 diabetes, the "widening array of pharmacological agents now available, mounting concerns about their potential adverse effects, and new uncertainties regarding the benefits of intensive glycemic control on macrovascular complications," says the ADA.

    New Joint Commission Resource: Health Care-associated Infections Portal

    The Joint Commission's recently launched Health Care-associated Infections (HAI) Portal allows users to search by topic, such as surgical site infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia, or by health care setting. The portal also provides information on infection control and prevention, including hand hygiene and education materials that can promote conversations with patients about what they can do to prevent infections.  

    APTA Launches Online Communication Survey

    With the rise of social media and smartphones, opportunities for communication and collaboration are always just a few (thumb) clicks away. But while most people have some kind of social media account, how those platforms are used varies significantly from person to person.

    In an effort to understand how members communicate and stay informed in a rapidly changing online social/information landscape, APTA has launched an online communication survey.

    The survey, which takes 5-8 minutes to complete, is open to APTA members, and 1 lucky respondent will be rewarded with an iPad.

    Respondents also have the opportunity to express interest in participating in a related focus group at PT 2012.

    Surveys are due May 4.

    Background Papers and House Handbook Posted

    Background papers and the House Handbook have been posted to the House of Delegates Community's Packet I and House Handbook section and may be found as compiled PDF documents. Packet I also is posted in the House Community to help you prepare for the 2012 House of Delegates. Contact Cheryl Robinson or Peyton Zeek with any questions.