Since introducing our intention of launching a Standard of Care (SoC) Initiative at the LowCarbUSA® – San Diego 2018 conference, we have made great strides. There are 2 major parts to this effort. The first is to publish a set of Clinical Guidelines for prescribing Carbohydrate Restriction as a Therapeutic Intervention for many conditions. This will consist of a general document for aspects that apply to all conditions and then a set of addenda for condition specific discussions. The document will also identify any points of contention where differing opinions exist or where further research is called for. Adele Hite has been doing a herculean job of soliciting input from, not only the panel of Advisers we have assembled (featured above), but from other giants in our field around the world including, but not limited to, Caryn Zinn in New Zealand, Dr. Aseem Malhotra in the UK, Dr. Sarah Hallberg and Dr. David Unwin in the UK. A current draft of the document can be found on our Feedback Page Here. Once published, the doc will reside at some central, publicly accessible location.
You will remember that, from a legal perspective, SoC or ‘Standard of Care‘ is defined as “providing health care in accordance with the standards of practice among members of the same health care profession with similar training and experience situated in the same or similar communities at the time the health care is rendered.” In other words, SoC does not come from what is taught in professional training, from public health policy, or even from clinical care guidelines like the one described above; although they can inform and help define an SoC. Rather, Standard of Care comes from what a community of clinicians do in the actual provision of care.
Thus, our second task involves the creation of a community of clinicians who practice this approach. It is this community and its shared training, experiences, and concerns that will, in time, establish the standard of care. Establishing a professional community with expectations for a standard of care is critical to expanding the use of this approach by other clinicians. The beta version of our Professional Membership area on our site is completed. Practitioners may join up here to participate in the professional community and the discussions in the forum. Or, if you are already a member at some level on our site you can easily upgrade.
Some of you may be aware of the fact that we have partnered with the Nutrition Network which is a spin-off from the Noakes Foundation, to provide a CME-approved, online training course for all Allied Health Professionals. You may also know of the database we are building of medical professionals who are open the the Low Carb Conversation. So now, if you are an active member of our professional community, and you complete the online course, you can be certified and the badge displayed here will appear on your profile in the provider database.
If you attended our special session at the San Diego, 2018 event, you will have heard how Gary Taubes has really been the inspiration for this initiative. At his suggestion, we brought Adele Hite on board to help co-ordinate this whole effort. Her work herding the cats to get this clinical guidelines document to the point where it is almost ready to publish is nothing short of miraculous. We have formed a board of advisers made up of experienced clinical practitioners and experts in the field to help us get this work done. Currently this board consists of Prof. Tim Noakes, Dr. Gary Fettke, Dr. Stephen Phinney, Dr. Georgia Ede, Dr. Bret Scher, Dr. Robert Cywes, Dr. Eric Westman, Dr. Will Yancy, Franziska Spritzler, Dr. Laura Saslow, Dr. David Cavin and Dr. Brian Lenzkes.
As Dr. Gary Fettke says: “When it starts to affect the welfare of my patients, enough is enough!” We have put a stake in the ground and say: “Enough is enough, the time for change is here!” If not us, then WHO??
[Doug Reynolds: Founder – LowCarbUSA®]