|Grenadian Healthcare Providers Participates in Diabetes Care Improvement Workshop|
ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010. Public sector healthcare providers Thursday afternoon, October 14, ended a two-day workshop aimed at harnessing the skills and quality of care offered to persons living with diabetes in the Tri-island State.
The workshop, the second of its kind to take place in Grenada – was also designed to review the achievements, and plan activities, for the Caribbean Quality Improvement Project. Additionally, it was to introduce the Chronic Care Passport and Plan for the implementation of the pilot project.
It is intended that healthcare providers will implement a set of new measures that can ultimately improve the delivery of care to persons affected by diabetes as part of a holistic diabetes management plan.
Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Emma Herry-Thompson, in her remarks to the participants, said chronic diseases have declared open warfare on the people, depleting already scare human and financial resources.
“We know that Diabetes Mellitus is one of the deadliest – if not the most deadly. As a result a multi-disciplinary approach is warranted,’’ she told a cadre of doctors, nurses and other health professionals at the commencement of the workshop on Wednesday.
Herry-Thompson described the workshop as significant. As healthcare providers in these hard economic times, one must be mindful of cost hence the reason for getting as much needed information as possible to help patients and clients establish an effective management plan, the CMO said.
Participants were also addressed by PAHO’s Technical Officer responsible for CNDC’S & Mental Health Dr. Tomo Kanda. She used the opportunity to highlight the relevance of the workshop and its far-reaching benefits to the recipients of diabetic care. Stroude also pledged PAHO’s unwavering support for projects aimed at improving the health status of countries and individuals alike.
The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Alberto Barceló of the Pan American Health Office (PAHO) in Washington; and Professor Dalip Ragoobirsingh of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica; and Dr. Tomo Kanda.
The two day workshop was sponsored by PAHO.
Brief Background: Training Workshop for Learning Session 2
PAHO has been providing a series of training workshops for health professionals and managers to improve Quality of Care for people with chronic diseases through the Collaborative Project to ensure excellent practices in health units and/or services.
The country participated in Learning Session (LS) 1 which provides the opportunities for the participants to 1) learn about the Chronic care Model with special emphasis on the clinical information systems, basis for decision-making, design of the health service delivery system and self-monitoring, 2) develop the Model for Improvement, including the tests of change and the need for ODCA1) cycles (through Action Period 1), and learn the reporting methodology for LS2.
The LS2 will consist of presentations by national and international experts that will address the different components of the Chronic Care Model and the Chronic Care Passport, as well as working groups that will discuss the methodology of the intervention and the preparation of a plan of action. Selected health units will participate in LS2. The health teams (physicians, nurses, and other health professionals) of the centers selected for intervention should bring posters that reflect the diabetes care situation in their units.
1. Review Achievements and plan activities for the Caribbean Quality Improvement Project
2. Introduce the Chronic Care Passport and plan implement pilot
1) Organize, Do, Clarify and Act
1) Organize, Do, Clarify and Act