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AUG 2016

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20 News and Trends Bariatric Times • August 2016 • A common data collection system to measure and improve patient safety outcomes. The system should include uniform definitions, a consistent reporting structure, and a ccessibility and usability by all stakeholders—hospitals, care providers and medical society databases. T hese recommendations will be used to finalize National Surgical Patient Safety Standards, develop surgical safety education curriculum proposals, and to identify surgical safety k nowledge gaps and research priorities. "We believe that the implementation o f these standards will guide surgical teams and members to achieve the ultimate goal of ensuring safe and optimal surgical patient outcomes," said David D. Teuscher, MD, AAOS past p resident. About the American College of Surgeons. The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was f ounded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its a chievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific s urgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the w orld. For more information, visit www.facs.org. About the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. With more than 39,000 members, the American A cademy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is the world's largest association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides education programs for orthopaedic s urgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances t he highest musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments, and related issues. For more information, visit w ww.aaos.org. SURVEYS FIND ADULTS WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES ARE MORE WILLING TO TAKE ACTION TO ACHIEVE A1C TARGETS QUICKER THAN PHYSICIANS AND OTHER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS PERCEIVE Findings reveal that some patients are frustrated and discontinued medication b ecause they were not reaching their individualized A1C target quick enough JACKSONVILLE, Florida—The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) announced r esults of two online surveys that identified differences in perceptions among adults living with type 2 diabetes as well as endocrinologists, primary care physicians and other medical p rofessionals including nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists. The Perspectives in Diabetes Care surveys revealed that patients are more willing to take action to reach their individualized average blood glucose, or A1C, targets quicker than physicians and other medical professionals believe. More than half of adults living with type 2 diabetes polled are very willing to visit their physicians and other medical professionals more often and make multiple medication changes in order to achieve their A1C targets quicker, while less than one in five physicians and other medical professionals believe that patients would be very willing to take these actions. Specifically, these findings reveal: • While 57 percent of adults living with type 2 diabetes would be very willing to visit their physicians and other medical professionals more often, only 19 percent of physicians and other medical professionals polled believe they would be willing to do so. • In addition, 52 percent of adults living with type 2 diabetes would be very willing to make multiple medication changes, though only 16 percent of physicians and other medical professionals think they would be very willing to make these changes. These differing perceptions could play a role in the length of time it takes some patients to achieve their individualized A1C targets. The implications could be significant as more than 42 percent of patients surveyed have yet to achieve their A1C target and 77 percent of these respondents want to achieve it more quickly. Read the full press release at http://media.aace.com/press- release/surveys-find-adults-type-2- diabetes-are-more-willing-take-action- achieve-a1c-targets-q

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