Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion in Type 1 diabetes: patient experiences of ‘living with a machine’.

Todres, L., Keen, S. and Kerr, D., 2010. Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion in Type 1 diabetes: patient experiences of ‘living with a machine’. Diabetic Medicine, 27 (10), pp. 1201-1204.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2010.03058.x


Aims The aims of this study were to provide in-depth insight into the changes that may be experienced by patients embarking on continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion and to answer the research question, what is it like to live with an insulin pump? Methods An in-depth, qualitative, multiple interview study of individuals with Type 1 diabetes using continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion in a secondary care setting in the south of England. Four patients (two male, two female) across the age range and with varied experience of pump use, were recruited from a specialist diabetes centre. Results Switching frommultiple injection therapy to insulin pump therapy presents challenges in the short term.Over a longer period, use of this technology is associated with a significant improvement in quality of life for the users and also a change in the relationship between the patient and their specialist healthcare provider. Conclusions Insulinpumptherapy has additional qualitative benefits beyond improvements in glycaemic control and reducing the risk of hypoglycaemia for people with Type 1 diabetes. Diabet. Med. 27, 1201–1204 (2010) Keywords continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion, patient experience, qualitative methods, Type 1 diabete

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Technology > Medicine and Health
Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery
Group:School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Qualitative Research
ID Code:16487
Deposited By:Professor Les Todres
Deposited On:15 Oct 2010 16:17
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:38

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