Diabetes mellitus is a complex disease that requires both the patient and the family to focus on many medical management tasks such as checking blood glucose (BG) levels and administering insulin. Careful adherence to these tasks can often result in better outcomes.1 Several studies have shown that the use of emerging technologies by adolescents and youths can have a positive impact on diabetes care2 and reduce healthcare utilization without adversely affecting outcomes.3 It is becoming increasingly important to explore both interest in and usability of patient-centered implementations using new tools to determine how best to engage hard-to-reach populations such as youths, especially with the proliferation of wireless transmission technologies.
Hanauer DA, Wentzell K, Tovar A, Zeuhlke J, Kumar V, Laffel LMB. Parent and Youth Assessments of a Handheld Wireless Device to Enhance Diabetes Mellitus Management. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(3):321. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.3.321-a