To organize a vast amount of medical resources and tools for health
care providers concerning treatment of diabetes.
The National Diabetes Education Program, a joint program funded
by the Center for Disease Control and National Institute of Health,
wanted to create a website which would help health care providers
across the country provide better care for their patients with diabetes.
Due to our extensive
experience in developing patient education materials on the topic
of diabetes, we were chosen to develop this web site. The work group,
made up of 20 experts n the filed of diabetes, provided us with
a huge amount of copy and resources. We read the materials, organized
it and developed a system to present the content on the website
in a manner that would make it easy for primary care physicians
and other health care providers to find the information they need
and implement changes in the way they care for patients.
This was an
extensive project that involved working with medical professionals
representing several different organizations. The content was technical
and complex in nature, requiring extensive time proofreading and
copy editing to ensure accuracy and that the proper meaning was
also extremely important, due to the size of the site and the time
constraints of the users. Because the site will also reside on a
larger federal government site, numerous requirements and standards
had to be met.
to the content provided by the work group of experts, we added some
of our own ideas, which were well-received by the committee. Quick
tips, user suggestions and numerous sidebars were areas in which
we wrote copy as well provided graphics.
In some cases,
we were also able to point out gaps in content and make suggestions
for subject matter. We also developed some patient education tools
to accompany the other resources.
A web site that is highly functional, informative and, we all hope,
will make a great difference in the lives of patients with diabetes.