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Diabetes Educ. 2019 Jun 27:145721719860491. doi: 10.1177/0145721719860491. [Epub ahead of print]

Feasibility of Routine Assessment of Exercise Knowledge and Safety in Youth With Type 1 Diabetes.

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1
Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, Washington.
2
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
3
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University, Kirksville, Missouri.
4
Seattle Children's Research Institute, Seattle, Washington.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This pilot study assessed the feasibility and satisfaction of an electronic clinical tool to survey management of exercise in youth with type 1 diabetes (T1DM) for use in an outpatient diabetes clinic setting.

METHODS:

Fifty youth with T1DM were recruited (ages, 10-18 years; mean ± SD, 14.8 ± 2.4) and 11 diabetes providers. Prior to a clinic visit and with an electronic tablet, participants completed the Type 1 Diabetes Report of Exercise Practices Survey, which included 9 primary exercise management guidelines. Responses were flagged if contrary to guidelines, and automated individualized reports with personalized evidence-based recommendations were produced for providers prior to seeing the patient. Postclinic assessment surveys were completed by patients and providers.

RESULTS:

Out of the 9 guidelines, a mean of 4 ± 0.9 responses per patient were flagged as potentially unsafe. Ninety-one percent of providers took <10 minutes to review and discuss the report with their patients. Ninety-one percent of providers rated the tool as highly useful in facilitating patient education regarding exercise guidelines at that clinic visit. Fifty-six percent of youth rated the tool highly when asked whether its use altered their planned behavior around exercise. When participants were asked if such a tool should be used routinely in diabetes clinic, 64% of provider responses and 60% of patient responses were highly positive.

CONCLUSIONS:

This electronic tool identified deficits in exercise management in youth with T1DM and improved education in the clinic visit regarding exercise, and a majority felt it feasible and desirable to include in routine outpatient diabetes care.

PMID:
31244377
DOI:
10.1177/0145721719860491

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