Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom, March 05, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- A new EACCME-accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) module has launched today on epgonline.org, the website for healthcare professionals. Doctors have free access to six online interactive exercises supporting the management of type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents.
Today, the number of children affected by this potentially life-threatening disease is increasing by 3–4% per annum in Europe.1 Significantly more common in children than the highly publicised type 2 diabetes, it is estimated that around one in every 500 children under the age of 19 years in the UK will be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, with the peak age for diagnosis being 10 to 14 years.2
For many children and their families, a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes has a significant impact on their emotions, self-esteem and daily lives. Both children and parents need help in adjusting to a life with diabetes, not only in terms of practical advice on diabetes management but also psychosocial support.
The online CME module focuses on the assessment of psychosocial wellbeing in type 1 childhood diabetes and how it should be incorporated into routine patient care, as well as the psychological interventions that can help improve emotional wellbeing and communication.
Developed by a panel of leading European diabetes experts, with an unrestricted educational grant from Novo Nordisk and support from medical communications agency apothecom, 1 European CME Credit (ECMEC) is awarded to participants for successful completion of the module.
Healthcare professionals worldwide (including endocrinologists, paediatricians, primary care physicians and specialist nurses) can access this resource for free at www.epgonline.org/type-1-childhood-diabetes/
“By working with our partners in healthcare (Novo Nordisk and apothecom), users of epgonline.org can now enjoy free access to a truly user-focussed CME experience, with the ability to explore current key data at their own pace,” said Toby Galbraith, Director of Content Strategy for epgonline.org. “Upon completion of the module and assessments, participants will be even better equipped to make a difference to the millions of children and parents worldwide struggling to achieve optimal glycaemic control.”
For further information please contact:
Kristie Marchant (Community Manager, EPG Health Media)
Royal Victoria House
51-55 The Pantiles
Kent TN2 5TE
Tel: 01892 526776
1. Patterson CC, Gyürüs E, Rosenbauer J, et al. Trends in childhood type 1 diabetes incidence in Europe during 1989–2008: evidence of non-uniformity over time in rates of increase. Diabetologia 2012;55:2142–2147
2. Diabetes UK. Diabetes Stats and Facts Version 3. March 2014. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Documents/About%20Us/Statistics/Diabetes-key-stats-guidelines-April2014.pdf
Notes to Editors:
· Published by UK-based company EPG Health Media (Europe) Ltd, epgonline.org is an independent website dedicated to providing healthcare professionals worldwide with free online access to the most recent best practice diagnosis and patient management guidance. In addition to the library of disease or condition Knowledge Centres, the website includes a database of prescription drugs in 9 European languages, clinical trial reports, treatment guidelines, medical news, journal abstracts, multimedia, and apps; all arranged around 50 disease topic areas.
· Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs approximately 38,000 employees in 75 countries, and markets its products in more than 180 countries.
· apothecom is a leading global medical communications agency providing multi-platform medical communications and publication planning services to a host of pharma and biotech clients. apothecom is a member of the Huntsworth Health group.
· Accreditation statement:
The ‘Individual Patient Management in Type 1 Childhood Diabetes’, made available at www.epgonline.org/type-1-childhood-diabetes/ and organised by EPG Health Media (Europe) Ltd and apothecom, is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists.
The ‘Individual Patient Management in Type 1 Childhood Diabetes’, made available at www.epgonline.org/type-1-childhood-diabetes/ and organised by EPG Health Media (Europe) Ltd and apothecom, is awarded 1 European CME credit (ECMEC).
Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). Only those e-learning materials that are displayed on the UEMS-EACCME website have formally been accredited.