A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or an interest in a topic and who come together to fulfill both individual and group goals.
CoPs are a way of developing social capital; nurturing and sharing knowledge and practice while stimulating innovation toward solutions. Potential outputs of such CoPs include leading practices, guidelines, knowledge repositories, technical solutions discussions, working papers, and strategies for action. The DR Barometer Program has three CoPs, which are defined by the DR Barometer Communities of Practice Charter and Terms of Reference.
The DR Barometer Program’s three CoPs, Patient Education and Empowerment, Coordinated Care and Guidelines and Protocols encapsulate the priority areas identified through the ground-breaking DR Barometer study and provide an evidence-based foundation with which to drive meaningful change in the screening, treatment, and prognosis of diabetic retinopathy for adults living with diabetes.