When Beijing became part of the Cities Changing Diabetes network in
2017, the city expanded an existing programme to train staff working
in community health centres to diagnose, treat, and manage diabetes.
A network of community doctors
Cities Changing Diabetes in Beijing has focused on an intervention
approach at the community health centre level to strengthen the health
system's capacity and effectiveness in treating type 2 diabetes. A
network of community doctors across 30 community health centres has
been vital to the programme's success.
The Beijing Community Diabetes Diagnosis and Treatment Programme is
targeted to delay and prevent complications among those already living
with diabetes. This programme benefits 2,000 high-risk residents with
individualised diet and exercise plans.
An intervention control study
Cities Changing Diabetes in Beijing is also involved in an
intervention control study as part of the Community Diabetes Diagnosis
and Treatment Programme. This comparative study involves 15,000
residents selected from high-risk groups and will evaluate the
effectiveness of specific interventions.
Moving forward, the Beijing Cities Changing Diabetes working group
will organise education and training programmes to strengthen diabetes
management among community doctors, aiming to improve outcome
indicators of diabetes in the pilot area.
"The health behaviours of Beijing residents are changing
gradually. We will exchange and cooperate through innovative
international projects like Cities Changing Diabetes, [and] explore
and build the "Beijing model" to effectively improve the
management level and efficiency of diabetes prevention and treatment."
— Liu Zejun, Deputy Counsel of Beijing Municipal Health Commission
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