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Delivering evidence-based interventions for type 1 diabetes in the virtual world – A review of UK practice during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic
journal contributionposted on 2022-05-09, 16:07 authored by A Sathyanarayanan, T Crabtree, P Choudhary, J Elliott, ML Evans, A Lumb, EG Wilmot
Aims: This review considers the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on access to interventions for those living with type 1 diabetes and discusses the solutions which have been considered and actioned to ensure ongoing access care. Methods: We performed a focussed review of the published literature, and the guidelines for changes that have been effected during the pandemic. We also drew from expert recommendations and information about local practice changes for areas where formal data have not been published. Results: Evidence based interventions which support the achievement of improved glucose levels and/or reduction in hypoglycaemia include group structured education to support self-management, insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic had impacted the ability of diabetes services to deliver these intervention. Multiple adaptations have been put in place – transition to online delivery of education and care, and usage of diabetes technology. Conclusions: Although various adaptations have been made during the pandemic that have positively influenced uptake of services, there are many areas of delivery that need immediate improvement in the UK. We recommend a proactive approach in recognising the digital divide and inequity in distribution of these changes and we recommend introducing measures to reduce them.
CitationDiabetes Research and Clinical Practice Volume 185, March 2022, 109777
Author affiliationDiabetes Research Centre, College of Life Sciences
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