The Nordic Diabetic Foot Symposium 2014 was a great success

  • We attracted over 200 participants who all were very motivated to engage in the various sessions and national discussions

  • With the participants’ active involvement we managed to draft strategies for our National Working Groups in Denmark , Finland, Iceland, Norway  and Sweden

  • The various sessions covered all perspectives (specialist and patient) relevant for implementation of national diabetic foot guidelines in a manner that involved the participants and will help us keep the diabetic foot on the national agendas in the 5 Nordic Countries

The symposium revealed professional support for our efforts and we are confident that the future holds promises with regard to improving diabetic foot care in the Nordic countries.

 

Future aims of the Nordic Diabetic Foot Task Force

Already now we can announce that in November 2016 the Nordic Diabetic Foot Symposium will be held again – this time in Denmark, most likely in the Copenhagen area.

In the next two years the 5 National Working Groups will be following up on the various strategic points. Among the chief common targets are:

  • Systemic integration of primary care in the prevention of diabetic foot ulcers by screening and risk stratification e.g. by developing and implementing a simple “single-sheet” guideline

  • National mapping of diabetic foot centres and referral patterns with the aim to shorten delay of treatment

  • Development and registration of quality data on diabetic foot care (classification, indicators and primary + secondary endpoints) for both primary and secondary care sectors, including better risk stratification

Supplementing these common aims a number of national activities will be undertaken.