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Pediatr Diabetes. 2015 Dec;16(8):613-20. doi: 10.1111/pedi.12204. Epub 2014 Sep 30.

Are children with type 1 diabetes safe at school? Examining parent perceptions.

Author information

1
Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, FL, USA.
2
Genetics and Epidemiology Section, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA, USA.
3
Barbara Davis Center, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CL, USA.
4
American Diabetes Association, Government Affairs and Advocacy, Alexandria, VA, USA.
5
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
6
Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA.
7
Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe parent perceptions of children's diabetes care at school including: availability of licensed health professionals; staff training; logistics of provision of care; and occurrence and treatment of hypo- and hyperglycemia; and to examine parents' perceptions of their children's safety and satisfaction in the school environment.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS:

A survey was completed by parents of children with type 1 diabetes from permissive (trained, non-medical school personnel permitted to provide diabetes care; N = 237) and non-permissive (only licensed health care professionals permitted to provide diabetes care; N = 198) states.

RESULTS:

Most parents reported that schools had nurses available for the school day; teachers and coaches should be trained; nurses, children, and parents frequently provided diabetes care; and hypo- and hyperglycemia occurred often. Parents in permissive states perceived children to be as safe and were as satisfied with care as parents in non-permissive states.

CONCLUSIONS:

Training non-medical staff will probably maximize safety of children with diabetes when a school nurse is not available.

KEYWORDS:

parents' perceptions; safety; school environment; type 1 diabetes

PMID:
25266418
DOI:
10.1111/pedi.12204
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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