We Are the World: American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology Reveal Details of Transculturalized Clinical Care Standards to Guide Latin American Patient Care

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Monday, May 23, 2016 5:08 pm EDT

Dateline:

Orlando, FL
"This was a much-needed step in expanding scientifically substantiated clinical practice into meaningful and successful implementation strategies on a global scale"

Long recognized as the definitive source for advanced, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and algorithms for endocrine disease management, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and American College of Endocrinology (ACE) are expanding their global footprint with the transculturalization of key clinical care practices for diabetes, obesity, thyroid nodules and post-menopausal osteoporosis in Latin American countries.

Details of the initiative were highlighted today at a media briefing at the AACE 25th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress in Orlando.

According to Dr. Jeffrey I. Mechanick, FACN, FACP, FACE, ECNU and Chair of the AACE/ACE Transcultural Endocrinology Task Force and ACE President-Elect, the transculturalization process entails the adaptation of management guidelines into medical practice that is culturally sensitive and locally relevant, factoring in diverse socio-economic, behavioral, environmental, ethnic, even political and regulatory factors that can impact care from region to region.

Further, there are distinct variations in clinical practice and a notable lack of standardization within and across borders that impede the provision of optimal patient care.

To address these challenges, Mechanick and colleagues performed thorough analyses of transcultural factors by disease category and developed a detailed portfolio of core recommendations organized according to algorithm “nodes,” which address screening/aggressive case findings, stratification, diagnostics, intervention, metrics and follow-up intervention by country. The resulting document has been translated into Spanish and made available to all physicians on the AACE website.

“This was a much-needed step in expanding scientifically substantiated clinical practice into meaningful and successful implementation strategies on a global scale,” Mechanick noted. “As our organization examines the feasibility of creating a Center for Transcultural Endocrinology, we’re thrilled with the prospects of expanding such efforts to advance care for multiple endocrine disease states wherever the need exists.”

To read additional press releases about the AACE 25th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress, please visit media.aace.com or use the Twitter hashtag #25thAACE.

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About the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. A majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. Visit our site at www.aace.com.

About the American College of Endocrinology (ACE)
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is the leader in advancing the care and prevention of endocrine and metabolic disorders by: providing professional education and reliable public health information; recognizing excellence in education, research and service; promoting clinical research and defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology. For more information, please visit www.aace.com/college.

Contact:

AACE
Mary Green, 904-353-7878 ext. 163
Asst. Director, Public Relations, Media and Creative
mgreen@aace.com
904-404-4223 (fax)