State Based Diabetes Control Programs Guam
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Based Diabetes Control Programs Guam
Associated Organization: Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
Country of Origin: USA
Control Program Coordinator
Department of Public Health and Social Services
P.O. Box 2816
State or Province: Guam
ZIP or Postal Code: 96910
Guam Diabetes Control Program (DCP) has received funding from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1994. Activities
supported by the Guam DCP include the following:
The DCP developed Diabetes Care on Guam: Guidelines for
Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment to provide primary
health care professionals with guidelines to help ensure quality
care for people with or at risk for diabetes.
The DCP conducted a symposium called Diabetes on Guam: A
Community Addresses the Issues of Prevention. The purpose of
the conference was to increase awareness of diabetes to the
general public, people with diabetes, and health professionals.
More than 200 participants attended the conference held in Tumon
Guam on November 20-21, 1997. Participants included people with
diabetes and their family members, medical and allied health
professionals, and other diabetes advocates. Participants took
part in sessions covering such topics as defining diabetes,
prevention through proper diet, exercise and other behavioral
change, and diabetes treatment and prevention of secondary
complications. The conference also had tabletop displays from
health care and health education providers, and pharmaceutical and
The DCP conducted a survey that focuses on understanding the
knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of Guamanians about diabetes.
The 198 people with diabetes who were surveyed believe that
diabetes is a serious disease (97%); however, a majority of the
respondents (63%) believes that it is not preventable.
review. The DCP conducted a medical chart review of people
with diabetes to assess their level of care. The review showed
that this particular clinic did not comply with guidelines for
care 100%. One area needing improvement is documentation of each
patient visit with the physician.
survey. The DCP conducted a Diabetes Standard-of-Care Provider
Survey to summarize the frequency of Guam's physicians adherence
to American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommendations for
diagnosis and treatment of diabetes; the survey also evaluated
physician attitudes toward different factors related to diabetes.
Overall, Guam physicians showed high self-reported compliance with
ADA recommendations for treating diabetes. ADA screening criteria
showed high compliance across all physician types and working
environments. Guam’s physicians perceived patient behavior/lack
of commitment, lack of knowledge of consequences of no treatment,
and lack of health care professionals as the greatest barriers to
treatment on Guam.
Quoted from the Web Site
Disability Association(s): Disabilities associated with diabetes
Internet Location http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/states/guam.htm
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