Research Project Selected for Presentation at Pediatric Endocrine Society’s Presidential Reception

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.