Diabetes Care in South Korea
In South Korea, there is reliance on only a few medical specialists to care for the diabetes population. These specialists are so overwhelmed with the number of patients, that the average patient consultation is often no more than five minutes.
Primary care doctors do not see diabetes patients because they do not have the proper training.
Older, less-effective therapies for treating diabetes are prevalent. There is little use of insulin—modern supplies for diabetes self-care, including insulin syringes, are not readily available.
Staged Diabetes Management Update
International Diabetes Center has provided SDM training to more than 40 endocrinologists from the South Korea Diabetes Association.
A program is underway through the Diabetes Association to customize, translate and disseminate SDM through the organization's Education Division.