Congratulations to Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, and Katie Fritz, MD, MPH, (currently an intern at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin) whose research entitled, “Development and Validation of PRISM: A Survey Tool to Identify Diabetes Self-Management Barriers,” was selected for presentation at the Pediatric Endocrine Society’s Presidential Reception in Washington, DC on May 4, 2013. The reception featured a dozen basic science and clinical research projects chosen from those submitted for presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies.
Their work developed and validated a 10-minute survey-based tool (PRISM: Problem Recognition in Illness Self-Management) to identify self-management barriers for children with type 1 diabetes and their families. The tool has been used in our clinics to guide families toward resources specifically tailored to their self-management barriers. In a pilot study, A1c values in those receiving PRISM-tailored self-management resources dropped by 0.8%, while control group families experienced no change in A1c. Drs. MacDonald, Connor and Bekx, as well as Beth Van Den Langenberg, APNP, have been tireless collaborators throughout the research process.