Sydney Diabetes centre's experience of the Australian Government's roll out of subsidised continuous glucose monitoring for children with type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Research paper by Jessica L JL Sandy, Ohn O Nyunt, Helen J HJ Woodhead, Lesley S LS Youde, Kim A KA Ramjan, Michelle M MM Jack, Lena L Lim, Margaret M Shepherd, Ailsa A Marshall, Nicky N Townsend, Suzi S Wilson, Sally-Anne SA Duke, Eve E Slavich, Shihab S Hameed

Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health


To determine patient/carer expectations of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and short-term satisfaction, to assess the efficacy of CGM in improving: fear of hypoglycaemia and glycaemic control (HbA , ketosis, hypoglycaemia) and to determine time requirements of diabetes clinic staff in commencing and administering CGM. We assessed CGM-naïve patients starting on CGM at a Sydney Diabetes Centre following the introduction of a nationwide government subsidy for CGM. A standardised questionnaire was administered collecting demographic and glycaemic information in addition to Likert scale assessment of expectations and satisfaction. Clinic staff reported time dedicated to CGM education, commencement and follow-up. A total of 55 patients or parents/carers completed baseline questionnaires, with 37 completing a 3-month follow-up questionnaire. There were high expectations of CGM prior to commencement and high satisfaction ratings on follow-up. CGM improved fear of hypoglycaemia, and total daily insulin dose increased after commencement of CGM. There was a trend towards lower HbA that was not statistically significant and no statistically significant reduction in ketosis or hypoglycaemia. Comments were mostly positive, with some concern raised regarding technical issues and a lack of subsidy after 21 years of age. Staff time requirements were substantial, with an estimated average of 7.7 h per patient per year. Patients and families have high expectations of CGM, and satisfaction levels are high in the short term. Total insulin delivery increased after CGM commencement. Time requirements by staff are substantial but are worthwhile if families' overall satisfaction levels are high. © 2018 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (The Royal Australasian College of Physicians).