Diabetes and Apps

ACBRD (Dr Steve Trawley, Ms. Shaira Baptista and Prof Jane Speight) have recently published a conceptual follow-up to their 2016 paper that looked at mobile health applications (app) use for self-management support amongst adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

Published ahead of print in Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics, this new dataset of 1589 adult respondents with type 1 or type 2 diabetes were asked a similar question about their app usage for self-management support. Only 24% of adults with type 1 diabetes reported using apps to support their diabetes management and most the apps were not diabetes-specific. Interestingly, app usage among these adults was associated with lower self-reported HbA1c. Among adults with type 2 diabetes, only 8% reported they had used apps to help with their diabetes. For these respondents, the most commonly reported reason for not using apps was a belief that apps would not help with their diabetes management.

The lack of app usage, especially among adults with type 2 diabetes, is surprising considering the growing interest in the potential for apps to support self-management of health and the number of new self-management apps hitting the commercial market. These results highlight the need to ensure that app development in this field meets the expressed needs of intended users.

Trawley S, Baptista S, Browne JL, Pouwer F, Speight, J.  The Use of Mobile Applications Among Adults with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes: Results from the Second MILES—Australia (MILES-2) Study. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. October 2017, ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1089/dia.2017.0235


Grant success for the ACBRD!

Dr Adriana Ventura and team will take the Diabetes and Emotional Health handbook to the ‘next level’ thanks to funding secured through the ADEA Diabetes Research Foundation.

We are delighted that a project grant submitted to the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) Diabetes Research Foundation has been successful. Led by Dr Adriana Ventura and Dr Christel Hendrieckx, the project is titled ‘Supporting people with diabetes distress: Development and pilot randomised controlled trial of an online training module for health professionals’.

 The objective of the project is to deliver a practical, evidence-based online training module to support health professionals to identify and address diabetes distress in adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The content of the module will be based on previous work on the Diabetes and Emotional Health handbook, taking this already high-quality resource to the next level.  A randomised controlled trial will provide important evidence for the effectiveness of the online training module for improving health professional knowledge, motivation and confidence to identify and address diabetes distress in clinical practice.

Once a fully functioning and pilot tested training module is available, the ACBRD plans to offer the module to ADEA members as a tool for continuing professional development (CPD).  The online training module is expected to significantly increase health professionals’ ability to manage emotional health issues in clinical practice.

Have ‘your SAY’ on diabetes and quality of life

Research opportunity: Adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes invited to take part in online survey.

by Dr Elizabeth Holmes-Truscott

The landscape of diabetes treatments, technologies and education programs is forever changing and growing, but is united in the goal to improve the lives of people with diabetes. We believe that it is essential to evaluate the impact of existing and novel diabetes treatment, technology and programs, on quality of life, not only medical outcomes.

Quality of life cannot be assessed with blood or other medical tests. Quality of life is subjective – it is only truly known by the individual – so it is not even appropriate to ask a health professional to provide a ‘proxy’ assessment of a person’s quality of life. Quality of life means different things to different people, at different times. There are now many questionnaires available to assess the impact of diabetes on quality of life. This is where we need your help! We think its important for people with diabetes to tell us, researchers, which are the best questionnaire(s) from your perspective – which are most relevant, easy to understand, easy to complete, etc,.

We invite English-speaking adults (18-75 years old) with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to complete the  ‘Your SAY (Self-management And You): Quality of Life’ online survey.

In order to have an opinion, we ask that you complete several quality of life questionnaires and then give your feedback on what you like or don’t like about each one. We know the survey is quite long and the questions do seem repetitive but it is important to pitch these questions against each other to understand which ones work best for which purpose. The findings of the survey will assist researchers and health professionals in choosing the ‘best’ measure of quality of life for people with diabetes.

We very much hope you will get involved, and have Your SAY by completing the online survey.

The Your SAY study is being conducted by the ACBRD, University of Sheffield and University of Surrey and is a sub-study of DAFNEplus (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating). The findings of the Your SAY study will inform questionnaire selection for DAFNE