Family based diabetes management and support in China cities

Partnership objectives 

To pilot a new family based model for diabetes management that will promote home and community based education and interventions.

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What are the health needs and challenges? 

Familial clustering is popular among Chinese diabetes patients as related study shows that the Chinese are easy to develop into diabetes patients because they have diabetes susceptibility genes. Family members share similar lifestyles such as diet and living environment which makes familial clustering of diabetes possible. 

It’s important to establish a family based diabetes intervention, especially among those having diabetes patients already. To manage the disease and prevent complications, the timely communication between physicians and patients is necessary. Physicians should effectively guide patient’s self-care at home, and patients should tell their illness to physicians in a timely manner. 

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

  1. Development of a mobile internet diabetes care and management platform enabling doctors and patients on-line communication
  2. 1500 diabetes families were enrolled as testimony for family based diabetes management. Patients are expected to enhance self- management skills of diabetes through mobile platform
  3. Organize Diabetes Family Day activities and diabetes knowledge education among family members
  4. Provide diabetes screening among high risk population of diabetes families, calling for lifestyle change

Summary of impact and forward looking information 

  1. Diabetes patients have increased access to care through web based doctor-patient communication platform
  2. The self-management skills of diabetes increased among patients
  3. Patients get more support from family to better manage the disease

Measurement of progress towards objectives: 

  • Estimated overall value of partnership:    USD 495,180
  • Estimated amount of people impacted:   18,196

Partnership information

Company(ies) Bristol-Myers Squibb

Partner(s) 15 Hospitals, China Soong Ching Ling Foundation

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Diabetes

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

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) China

Start Date 2013

Completed date 2015

« Most diabetes activities were developed only for patients. But this initiative was unique giving family members an opportunity to understand how to prevent diabetes in daily life »

Madam Chen Yiyan is 56 years old and has been living with diabetes for 12 years.