The Provincial Diabetes Plan addresses diabetes and its complications, while reducing barriers for optimal diabetes care and prevention.
The Plan provides the framework for a comprehensive and coordinated team approach to diabetes management, recognizing that the person with diabetes is responsible for self-management.
The four program components of the Provincial Diabetes Plan are:
- Primary Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes - focuses on primary prevention and health promotion to stop or delay the development of type 2 diabetes. Health Promotion is carried out by and with people, not on or to people.
- Optimum Care and Prevention of Diabetes Complications - focuses on diabetes self- management education and treatment for people with diabetes, their families and communities. It also includes the development, implementation and evaluation of individual and community risk factor assessment and modification programs for people at greater risk of developing diabetes.
- Education for Care Providers - focuses on care providers who interact with persons with diabetes, their families and communities so they are knowledgeable about self-management education strategies, diabetes care and diabetes prevention.
- Diabetes Surveillance - focuses on continuous surveillance of diabetes and its complications to support planning, delivery and evaluation of programs and services.
Standardizing Service Delivery
Health regions established diabetes teams and are working toward standardizing the delivery of services throughout their regions. To facilitate the delivery of team-based care, Saskatchewan Health participated with Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia on the Western Health Information Collaborative (WHIC) Chronic Disease Management project. This project along with work undertaken in the province was aimed at increasing the capacity to link information systems between front line primary health care providers.
Education for Care Providers
“Basic” and “Advanced Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers” education programs are offered by Sask Polytechnic through distance delivery.
The “Basic” program is available to care providers currently working in a health setting or service such as: home care/special care aide; community health representative; community health worker; private care home operators; emergency services personnel etc.
The “Advanced” program is available to health professionals with a certificate, diploma, or degree such as: registered or psychiatric nurse; pharmacist; licensed practical nurse; dietitian etc.
The National Diabetes Surveillance System is a multi-sectorial initiative of government, non-government agencies, Aboriginal groups and industry. Data is provided to Health Canada by the provinces and territories.