Management of diabetes and diabetes policies in Turkey

Global Health. 2013 Apr 18:9:16. doi: 10.1186/1744-8603-9-16.


Background: Diabetes and its complications are among the present and future challenges of the Turkish health care system. The objective of this paper is to discuss the current situation of diabetes and its management in Turkey with special emphasis on the changing policy environment.

Methods: A literature review in databases such as PUBMED was performed from 2000 to 2011. This synthesis was complemented by grey literature, personal communication and contact with national and provincial health authorities and experts in diabetes from Turkey.

Results: The literature review and expert consultations indicated a growing policy emphasis on diabetes. Both the public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations have initiated policy papers to shape the outlook of diabetes care in the future. This is in line with the current dynamics of the healthcare system.

Conclusions: Diabetes care will be high on the agenda in future. Evidence based policy-making is the key to implement the policies adopted so far and a supportive environment is needed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Turkey