This Week's Challenge: The total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2007 amounted to $174 billion, estimates the American Association of Diabetes. Adults with diabetes are more at risk for strokes and heart disease than those without diabetes. We wanted to see what the greatest challenge is in a population to manage diabetes.
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What We Learned: Responses to Healthcare Intelligence Network's "10 Questions On Diabetes Management Programs" survey provided qualitative data on strategies and tactics for the management of diabetes, program components and challenges, and outcomes, metrics and ROI. According to survey respondents, the top 7 challenges of diabetes management in a population are:
Weight management: 34.5 percent
Glucose control: 17.2 percent
Other: 17.2 percent
Medication adherence: 13.8 percent
Comorbidities: 6.9 percent
Blood pressure control: 6.9 percent
Smoking cessation: 3.4 percent
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Excerpted from 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Diabetes Management, which provides actionable data from 83 organizations on current diabetes management programs and their impact on population health outcomes and healthcare spend.