|Title:||Clinician Attitudes to Closed-Loop Technology: Barriers and Opportunities|
|Project Description:||Access to new diabetes technologies varies not just in terms of patient willingness and capacity to use technologies but also in terms of health services factors such as funding, organisational capacity, and (the focus of this study) clinician attitudes towards new diabetes technologies. At present there are significant concerns regarding uneven and inadequate use of diabetes technology by eligible patients, as demonstrated by the marked and systematic gap between the number of UK patients who are eligible for insulin pump usage and the number who currently use pumps.1 Since the significant clinical benefits of cutting-edge closed-loop artificial pancreas systems will only be realised at scale if such systems are used by a wider range of UK patients than currently use insulin pumps, it is imperative to evaluate and understand the full range of barriers and opportunities to new technology usage. Clinician attitudes play a significant role in enabling and/or hindering appropriate access to, and sustained usage of, new diabetes technologies. As yet, however, little is known about clinician attitudes or the varying influences upon such attitudes in clinics serving different populations.
This study will address this gap by exploring clinician attitudes towards new diabetes technologies in four clinics serving important sub-sets of the type 1 diabetes population (pregnant women and newly-diagnosed children) with two contemporary diabetes technologies (CGM, artificial pancreas) in the context of two current studies with elements of JDRF funding (CONCEPTT and newly-diagnosed closed-loop study). This study will inform a future larger-scale study of clinician attitudes towards artificial pancreas technology in other populations and clinics.
|Start date:||1st September 2016|
|End date:||31st December 2017|
|Contact person:||Dr Conor Farrington|
|Contact Details:||Primary Care Unit
Institute of Public Health
University Forvie Site, Robinson Way
Fax: 01223 762515
|Funding Organisation:||Biomedical Research Centre|
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