November 2012

Newsletter

This issue of the DRCC newsletter highlights some of our new activities and community initiatives, from the Champlain chiropodist expansion and the upcoming screening events to engage the high risk communities in Ottawa, to the expansion of our own DRCC team. This newsletter includes upcoming education events and our Champlain Community Client Champions’ insights, as well as the expansive conversation about the Conversation Maps and an information for clients to join a new research study on the influence of the mind over the pain of neuropathy. Read more...

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October 2012

Facts About: Nephropathy, chronic kidney disease and dialysis

Nephropathy is a general term referring to disease of the kidneys. With nephropathy there is damage to the small blood vessels in the kidney as a result of high blood glucose and/or high blood pressure. With this damage to the glomeruli (the filters within the kidneys), the kidneys lose their ability to filter toxins and excess proteins from the blood. The damage can progress to kidney failure, requiring dialysis or organ replacement. Dialysis filters waste products from the blood, substituting for the failed kidney functions. Read more...

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September 2012

Newsletter: Diabetes complications, challenges and innovations

This issue of the Champlain DRCC Newsletter focuses on diabetes complications, challenges and innovations. Proper diabetes management and regular monitoring can reduce the risk of diabetes complications. For people living with diabetes, keeping track of all of their diabetes information and any questions that arise can be challenging. It is a complex disease, and good diabetes care requires preparation, organization and follow-up by both patients and their primary care providers. One way to address this challenge is to be prepared when visiting a health care provider. Read more...

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June 2012

Newsletter: Special Issue on Physical Activity

The Canadian Diabetes Association 2008 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada have identified key elements for physical activity and exercise. Regular physical activity can improve fitness, increase vigour, improve blood glucose control, decrease insulin resistance, improve lipid profile and blood pressure, help maintain weight loss and reduce morbidity and mortality. The guidelines recommend 150 minutes of aerobic exercise and 3 session of resistance exercise per week. Read more...

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June 2012

Facts About: Quality Improvement Interventions for Diabetes Management

This issue of Facts About profiles the recent research by Drs. Tricco, Ivers and Grimshaw et al. focused on quality improvement strategies for the management of diabetes. Quality improvements interventions included activities such as patient education, case management, electronic registries and promotion of self-management. The researchers conducted a systematic review of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) to explore the impact of interventions on diabetes outcomes including on glycosylated haemoglobyn (HbA1c), low density lipoprotein (LDL-c), systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP, DBP), smoking cessation and process of care outcomes (i.e. screening for retinopathy). Read more...

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March 2012

Newsletter: Self-management - We can help clients to help themselves

Self-Management (SM) means many things to many people, the US Institute of Medicine describes Self-Management as the tasks an individual must undertake to live well with one or more chronic conditions. These tasks include having the confidence to deal with medical management, role management and emotional management of their conditions. Read more...

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February 2012

Facts About: Client consultations with people living with diabetes

Champlain DRCC conducted client consultations with clients living with diabetes, general practitioners and nurse practitioners related to diabetes care in the region; the consultations included both surveys and focus groups sessions to gather information about diabetes management and care in the region. This report focuses on the current results from the survey for clients living with diabetes in the Champlain region. Read more...

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January 2012

Newsletter: Primary care engagement in Champlain

Many primary care providers, including myself, are caring for older patients, with multiple chronic conditions including diabetes, while searching for ways to make their practice more efficient and still maintain a high level of quality service. We are challenged on a daily basis by lack of time, increasing demand and lack of human and community resources. Read more...

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