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16 Sep 2020

Diabetes GPwSI to look at translating evidence into practice

“Just because we are in a pandemic, does not excuse therapeutic inertia,” says Dr Naresh Kanumilli.

The GPwSI, who has a special interest in diabetes and cardiology, says COVID-19 has only made it more important that people with type 1 or type 2 are well looked after.

“We need to be doing all we can to ensure the best outcomes for the person with diabetes, especially now we have a huge evidence base,” he adds.

The Manchester-based GP is joining forces with Professor Wasim Hanif, Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Consultant Physician, and Head of Service in diabetes at University Hospital Birmingham, to host a series of webinars.

The first session, ‘Managing Cardiovascular Risk: Evidence into practice’, will take place on Tuesday, September 22 at 6.30pm. The next meetings have been scheduled for Tuesday, September 29 and Tuesday, October 6.

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Dr Kanumilli explained: “The key points of the session will discuss how to decipher what is the best evidence to use and then how to apply it to people with diabetes in a bid to enable better outcomes for them.

“We need to learn to look at what the latest data and evidence shows us and also take into account the burden of CVD in diabetes, both for the person with diabetes and the economy.

“It’s all about understanding how to translate evidence from trials into usable pathways that healthcare professionals can effectively use. If there are no pathways then we need to look at developing them, with help from ADA, EASD and ACC guidelines.”

DPC Founder Maggie Meer said: “Our DPC Digital sessions have been developed to put translating evidence-based findings at the forefront of health care discussions. We know there is still a large gap between what is known about diabetes care and what is commonly practiced. In addition, healthcare professionals and people with diabetes are having to adapt to new approaches and practices which have been put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We hope those who sign up to the DPC online sessions find them useful and the information they receive helps them to better understand how to apply the latest research into their everyday practice.”

The webinar has been launched as part of the DPC Digital Hub, a programme aimed at understanding the educational needs of healthcare professionals in relation to COVID-19 and diabetes.

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The online workshops also bring together the latest guidelines, toolkits and videos. All the content is free to access, although users must sign up to take part in each webinar.

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