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Patient Educ Couns. 2001 Jul;44(1):65-9.

Patient education in Switzerland: from diabetes to chronic diseases.

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Division of Therapeutic Education for Chronic Diseases, University Hospital, 1211 14, Geneva, Switzerland.


The Division of Therapeutic Education for Chronic Diseases at the University Hospital of Geneva has been playing an important role in the field of therapeutic patient education for more than 25 years. More than 16,000 patients have been hospitalised and an excess of 75,000 h have been spent with a rather novel interdisciplinary approach involving doctors, nurses, dieticians, psychologists, podiatrists and pedagogues. For the past 12 years, our division has held over 50 seminars of 1-week postgraduate training attended by over 3000 participants coming from more than 60 countries worldwide. In 1998, the faculty of medicine at the University of Geneva implemented a 3-year curriculum on therapeutic patient education leading to a postgraduate university diploma. In 1983, the WHO designated the Swiss teaching division as a WHO Collaborating Center for reference and research in diabetes education. In 1998, a WHO-Euro Working Group Report entitled "Therapeutic Patient Education. Continuing education programmes for health care providers in the field of prevention of chronic diseases" was published.

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