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J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2017 Mar;11(2):284-289. doi: 10.1177/1932296816661735. Epub 2016 Aug 20.

SPECTRUM.

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1 m&i Fachklinik Bad Heilbrunn, Centre for Diabetes and Metabolism, Bad Heilbrunn, Germany.
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2 Klinikum Stuttgart, Olgahospital, Stuttgart, Germany.
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3 Forschungsinstitut Diabetes-Akademie Bad Mergentheim, Bad Mergentheim, Germany.
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4 Hannover Medical School, Medical Psychology Unit, Hannover, Germany.
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5 Diabetologische Schwerpunktpraxis, Herrsching, Germany.
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6 Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin, UKSH Campus Lübeck, Germany.
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7 Diabetologische Schwerpunktpraxis, Northeim, Germany.
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8 Klinik fuer Endokrinologie, Diabetologie und Stoffwechsel, Isar Klinikum Muenchen, Munich, Germany.
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9 Diabetologische Schwerpunktpraxis, Berlin, Germany.
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10 Diabetologische Schwerpunktpraxis fuer Kinder und Jugendliche, Muenster, Germany.
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11 Institut fuer Diabetes-Technologie Forschungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH an der Universität Ulm, Ulm, Germany.
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12 Science&Co, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Optimal usage of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) requires adequate training of the users. Providing patients with a CGM system without such a training usually doesn't lead to the intended improvement in metabolic control.

METHODS:

In Germany we developed a structured training program ("SPECTRUM") to ensure a high quality standard for the use of CGM systems.

RESULTS:

This program is suitably for patients of all age groups and is applicable to all CGM systems and all forms of insulin therapy. A curriculum was also developed so that training centers with less experience with CGM could become capable of offering comprehensive CGM training.

CONCLUSIONS:

We believe that usage of such a program can be an important step forward in achieving more widespread acceptance and use of CGM systems. Translations in other languages and evaluation with a controlled clinical trial are planned.

KEYWORDS:

CGM; adolescents; children; continuous glucose monitoring; diabetes; diabetes therapy; educational program; teaching program; training program

PMID:
27510443
PMCID:
PMC5478015
DOI:
10.1177/1932296816661735
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