ESPE Abstracts (2018) 89 P-P3-122

Challenges in Educating New Onset Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Patients: Can the Use of a Tablet be the Answer?

Javier Aisenberg, Lynda Rosini, Jeanette Haugh, Susan Mathus, Michele De Vito, Ingrid Brennan & Steven Ghanny


Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ, USA


Background: Educating patients and families on the management of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) has always been a challenge. Some endocrinologists educate patients and families with new onset Type 1 DM in the inpatient setting, while others have tried to do this process as an outpatient given the changes in the limits of inpatient coverage. Given the challenges in the education process, we must find new and innovative ways to educate patients and families efficiently in order to equip them with the necessary skills to be successful in the management of Type 1 DM. In a world of smartphones and tablets as the mainstay of communication and sources of information, medical professionals can integrate these devices into the education of patients and families. Use of such a platform can make patients and families be more independent in the education process of newly diagnosed Type 1 DM patients.

Objective: To study whether the use of a tablet platform as an adjunct in the education of patients and families with newly diagnosed Type 1 DM could lead to improved understanding of diabetes management, leading to better HbA1C improvement, less hypoglycemia, as well less phone calls to the office.

Methods: We will randomize new onset Type 1 DM diabetes patients, so that 50% will only receive traditional diabetes education by nurses and the other 50% will recieve the tablet and traditional diabetes education. For the patients and families who will receive the tablet, the tablet will contain an education system with modules that teach the various aspects of Type 1 DM care. Each module will have a pre-test to assess the user’s knowledge prior to viewing the modules. The modules have slides that models a lecture on the topic, as well as a video reviewing the topic. Following this, there will be a post-test to assess the user’s knowledge. We will then compare patients and families who receive the tablet versus those that do not. The follow-up measures that will be compared consists of improvement in HbA1C, incidence of hypoglycemia and phone calls to the office. We will also survey the patients and families about the tablet education process.

Results: To be ascertained.

Conclusions: Our hope is that the patients and families using the tablet platform will become more comfortable with the management of Type 1 DM, which will result in better Hba1C improvement, less hypoglycemia and less phone calls to office.

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