8760 Hours Healthcare Action

A Pilot Project of Mutual Management and Support for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in China

Partnership objectives 

To pilot a peer support model for people living with diabetes to manage their disease on a daily basis by integrating lifestyle modification skills, social and emotional support to achieve better control of the disease, lower the rate of complications, reduce financial burdens of family and government, and finally disseminate a model that can be scaled up and promoted across the country. 

Mr. Jianhua Li shared his experience in managing diabetes for over 20 years. Mr. Jianhua Li shared his experience in managing diabetes for over 20 years. Copyright BMS

What are the health needs and challenges?

Delaying treatment or poor compliance can create serious complications such as retinopathy, kidney damage, neuron damage, foot ulcers and amputations. Without better prevention and treatment interventions, the cost of diabetes treatment will become enormous. 

Normally doctors only spend 6 hours with one diabetes patient a year. To manage disease in the rest of 8760 hours each year is a great challenge for diabetes patients. A comprehensive and integrated approach is requested to address this challenge. Increased awareness and access to treatment are not enough. People living with diabetes also need self-management support that can delay complications and improve the quality of their lives.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

  1. Trained 500 community doctors to improve their capacity and professional skills to better support diabetes patients in the community
  2. Trained 500 peer leaders to enhance their understanding of diabetes knowledge and skills of how to motivate diabetes patients to change their behaviors, and framing interventions within a person-centered approach.  
  3. Organize diabetes self-management camps engaging 50,000 diabetes patients and their family members to increase their ability for disease management
  4. Promote the concept of 8760Hours Healthcare Action through publicity such as media coverage, paper publicity.
  5. Develop the” Guideline of Healthcare Self-Management for People with Type 2 Diabetes in China” based on the field practice

Summary of impact and forward looking information 

1. Community health center knows how to support patients and peer leaders for diabetes management
2. Trained peer leaders are proactive to organize learning and sharing activities for better disease management
3. The diabetes treatment compliance rate was greatly enhanced

Measurement of progress towards objectives 

Estimated overall value of partnership:

  • USD 520,240

Estimated amount of people impacted:

  • 31,500

Partnership information

Company(ies) Bristol-Myers Squibb

Partner(s) 54 hospitals, Beijing Centre for Disease Control, Beijing Diabetes Prevention and Treatment Association

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Diabetes

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) China

Start Date 2013

Anticipated completion date 2015

« I was depressed when I was diagnosed as type II diabetes patients. I didn’t want to go outside. 8760 project gave me an opportunity to learn people with similar situation »

Patient