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Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes Technology Use: The Child and Family Perspective

Papadakis, J. L.; Anderson, L. M.; Garza, K.; Feldman, M. A.; Shapiro, J. B.; Evans, M.; Thompson, L. G.; Weissberg-Benchell, J.

Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2020 Jan 26; 49(1):127-141


This article offers a systematic review of the literature on psychosocial aspects of technology use in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes and their families, searching for relevant articles published the past 5 years. Topics included continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion, continuous glucose monitoring, predictive low-glucose suspend, and artificial pancreas systems. The review indicates there are positive and negative psychosocial aspects to diabetes technology use among youth and their families. Although consistent findings were revealed, contradictions exist. Discussed are recommendations for future research and implications for how health care providers can collaborate with families to discuss and manage diabetes technology.

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