FREDERICTON (GNB) – A new initiative enabling physicians and other health-care providers to collaborate online to improve diabetes care is now available in New Brunswick.

"Diabetes NB CoPosis will improve the management of diabetes by enhancing the information and level of collaboration available to physicians provincewide," said Health Minister Hugh Flemming. "I encourage all physicians who treat patients with diabetes to take part in this initiative."

Physicians may enrol in Diabetes NB CoPosis Community of Practice by visiting the Department of Health's website. Online learning modules will begin in January 2013 and include topics to be determined by a committee composed of scientific leaders. Modules may include topics such as:

●    effective management of renal disease and complications in diabetes;
●    successfully initiating insulin and monitoring and managing glucose; and
●    early treatment of diabetes and intervention.

Physicians will be able to post comments, articles and share best practices in a secure and collaborative virtual community that will be managed by the committee.  

CoPosis has been made possible through a partnership with Merck Canada. The online platform was developed by the University of Alberta Centre for Health Evidence.

This initiative supports A Comprehensive Diabetes Strategy for New Brunswickers, 2011-2015, announced in June 2011. The strategy focuses on prevention as well as on improved support and care offered to people earlier than before in the management of diabetes to lessen the impact of the disease significantly.