Elizabeth Cox’s recent publication in Pediatric Diabetes highlights how a family-centered approach to diabetes self-management challenges can improve outcomes. In the study done in collaboration with diabetes teams at UW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, A1c values for teens at UW pediatric diabetes clinics who received the intervention were 0.7 points lower one year after the intervention, compared to those receiving usual care. The intervention worked especially well for teens with worse diabetes control and for those who had difficulty staying motivated to self-manage. Future work will examine how the intervention might be adapted for younger kids and for use at other institutions.
Fillo-Scharer R, Palta M, Chewning BA, Rajamanickam V, Wysocki T, Wetterneck TB, Cox ED. Impact of family-centered tailoring of pediatric diabetes self-management resources. Pediatric Diabetes. 2019. DOI: 10.1111/pedi.12899.