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This study will analyze patterns of self-management and adherence to type 1 diabetes (DM1) during early adolescence and will identify salient predictors of self-management and treatment adherence. This three-year study will generate scientific data concerning causes and consequences of self-management of DM1 during early adolescence. Such information could facilitate development of interventions that target problematic patterns of self-management among young adolescents, thus reducing chances of deterioration in their self-management, treatment adherence and metabolic control. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is the central coordinating site for this three-site study, which also includes the University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute in Miami, FL, and the Nemours Clinic in Wilmington, DE.
We will accomplish the following specific aims with this study:
We recently finished the third and final year of data collection for this study (N = 239 patients and their families). We are in the process of writing manuscripts that describe our research findings from baseline to three years (see below). We also are in the process of applying for a continuation research grant and recently received bridge funding to meet with our all of our enrolled patients and their families at their next routine medical visit(s). The continuation grant will allow us to continue to follow our current cohort of adolescents who were recruited to participate in the study so that we can gain additional information about their adherence and self-management as they transition to older adolescence.
We have published the following papers from this data set with hopefully more to come in the near future:
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