Data collection opens for FreeStyle Libre audit
Data collection for an audit looking to get a real-world view of the FreeStyle Libre (FSL) has now opened.
The Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD), which represents diabetes consultants in the UK, has launched the analysis as it wants to find out about device use among adults and young people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Professor Thozhukat Sathyapalan, clinical Lead, ABCD Nationwide FSL Audit, said: “The online tool for data entry is currently being developed on N3 and we are uncertain when this will be ready, but the data can be collected at once on paper forms.”
Professor Sathyapalan added: “You should register for the audit now and start collecting data on the paper forms and then as soon as the online tool is available you will be notified and given username and password. You should collect data both on your patients already started on FreeStyle Libre, no matter how long ago, as well as those you start on it in the future.
“If you collect the data on the paper forms you will, when the time comes, be able to easily transfer the data from the paper forms to the digital database or assign this task to another appropriate person such your secretary or, for instance, a medical student or junior doctor. It must be stressed that the paper forms match the online tool exactly.”
Once the online tool is ready, it will work in a similar way to other ABCD audits. The easy-to-use tool will have optimum security for patient identifiable data, but anonymises the data when it is utilised in the national audit.
There are some special features with regard to the data export users’ own local analysis and for the nationwide analysis. The export now allows users to choose which data to download for analysis as well as providing all data. It also allows them to choose to download the data aggregated to different time points. The tool has the facility to detect data from the same patient entered in two sites (eg hospital and primary care) and to merge the data when exported.
Non ABCD members are welcome to take part in the audit and will be given access to the online audit tool when they register for the audit.
FreeStyle Libre data from Children will be included in the audit thanks to a collaboration between ABCD and the Association of Children’s Diabetes Clinicians (ACDC).
The system was made available on the NHS from November 1 subject to local health economy approval and ABCD national issued resources to help healthcare professionals to get the FreeStyle Libre onto their formulary.