DOI: 10.2337/db23-82-lb ISSN: 0012-1797

82-LB: Effectiveness of Coordinated and Centralized Care for Insulin Pump Users—A Multiple-Year Cohort Study

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Internal Medicine

Background: With >13000 children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each year, it imposes a tremendous burden on US healthcare. However, data are scarce on management models for pump users.

Methods: In this observational cohort study, patients (pts) were systematically monitored for 4 years at our centralized & coordinated pump center. Data on both outcome measures (percentage of glycated hemoglobin, or A1C) & pt characteristics were routinely documented.

Results: For all study pts (n=219), a statistically significant reduction in A1C was observed (-0.4% A1C; 95% CI: -0.7-0.1%). And this is true for all three groups of pts disaggregated by initial A1C (7.5-10, 8.0-10, ≥10). The reduction was -0.6 (95% CI: -0.8-0.3) for ps with a starting A1C between 7.5-10; -0.8 (95% CI: -1.1-0.5) for pts with a starting A1C of 8.0-10; and -2.4 (95% CI: -3.4 -1.3) for pts with a starting A1C above 10. A majority of pts reached their target A1C levels, and most of them achieved that in first quarter after the installation of insulin pumps (See Fig 1).

Conclusions: Through centralized and coordinated care, a pump center is effective in assisting diabetes patients in properly using insulin pumps and quickly achieving their target A1C levels. Given the heavy burden of diabetes and large number of insulin pumps, the model of a pump center may be able to help confront the disease burden, and therefore needs to be made available to more patients.


K. Latif: Research Support; Medtronic, Senseonics. Board Member; Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc. Q. Li: None. Y. Shaikh: None. F. H. Cheema: None. A. Hyder: None.

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