Subject    :    [2017 Jun;41(3)] Diabetes Prevention in Australia: 10 Years Results and Experience
Writer KDA
Date 2017-07-06 11:08:07 Hit 6,340

 
Diabetes Metab J. 2017 Jun;41(3):160-167. English.
Published online Feb 02, 2017.  https://doi.org/10.4093/dmj.2017.41.3.160 
Copyright © 2017 Korean Diabetes Association
   
Diabetes Prevention in Australia: 10 Years Results and Experience
James A. Dunbar
Centre for Population Health Research, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Corresponding author: James A. Dunbar. Centre for Population Health Research, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood 3125, Australia. Email: james.dunbar@deakin.edu.au 
 
Received September 26, 2016; Accepted November 22, 2016.

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

 
Abstract

Clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of lifestyle modification for the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus but it was achieved at higher cost than can be sustained in routine health services. The first clinical trial to report was the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study. This paper describes how Australia worked with Finnish colleagues to adapt the findings of that study to achieve a statewide diabetes prevention program. Small evaluative, effectiveness trials have been conducted in a number of countries to see if the results of the clinical trials can be replicated in routine health services. The Australian evaluative trial, Greater Green Triangle Diabetes Prevention Program is described in detail to demonstrate the ingredients for success in moving a program from one country to another. Few countries have managed to scale up from evaluative trials to statewide or national programs. The Australian experience is described in detail including lessons learned about what reduced the effectiveness, particularly the need for policy makers in government, people from the implementing organisation and researchers to work together from the start of the evaluative trial and throughout the first 5 years of a national program.

   
Keywords:
Clinical trial; Diabetes mellitus, type 2; Diet; Evaluation studies; Government programs; Group processes; Life style; Policy

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