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Dr Thep Himathongkam: transforming diabetes treatment in Thailand

Dr Thep Himathongkam: transforming diabetes treatment in Thailand PurposeThis interview discusses a “Blue Ocean” strategy initiative: how to introduce effective change in diabetes care into Thailand given a strong reluctance in patients, and in Thai society, to see that diabetes is not a condition to be treated by doctors alone.Design/methodology/approachAn interview with Dr Thep Himathongkam, the pioneer of holistic diabetes care in Thailand.FindingsOne strategic management problem he faced was the lack of suitably trained staff. Thailand had no university courses producing the multidisciplinary personnel needed for diabetes treatment such as diabetes educators, dieticians, or foot care specialists. He address the multidisciplinary personnel shortage by training the missing specialists, getting universities on board and more recently securing funding from the World Diabetes Foundation.Practical implicationsThe result of the diabetic foot-care training for more than 2,500 personnel, mostly from community hospitals, has been markedly successful, with a reduction in annual amputations in Thailand of 80 per cent over five years.Originality/valueThis interview offers a look at the multi-track problem solving required to successfully implement a Blue Ocean strategy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Strategy & Leadership Emerald Publishing

Dr Thep Himathongkam: transforming diabetes treatment in Thailand

Strategy & Leadership , Volume 44 (3): 7 – May 16, 2016

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1087-8572
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10.1108/SL-04-2016-0021
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PurposeThis interview discusses a “Blue Ocean” strategy initiative: how to introduce effective change in diabetes care into Thailand given a strong reluctance in patients, and in Thai society, to see that diabetes is not a condition to be treated by doctors alone.Design/methodology/approachAn interview with Dr Thep Himathongkam, the pioneer of holistic diabetes care in Thailand.FindingsOne strategic management problem he faced was the lack of suitably trained staff. Thailand had no university courses producing the multidisciplinary personnel needed for diabetes treatment such as diabetes educators, dieticians, or foot care specialists. He address the multidisciplinary personnel shortage by training the missing specialists, getting universities on board and more recently securing funding from the World Diabetes Foundation.Practical implicationsThe result of the diabetic foot-care training for more than 2,500 personnel, mostly from community hospitals, has been markedly successful, with a reduction in annual amputations in Thailand of 80 per cent over five years.Originality/valueThis interview offers a look at the multi-track problem solving required to successfully implement a Blue Ocean strategy.

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Strategy & LeadershipEmerald Publishing

Published: May 16, 2016

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