Do-it-yourself artificial pancreas system audit is launched
Healthcare professionals are being urged to take part in an audit dedicated to do-it-yourself artificial pancreas systems.
The aim is to collect routine clinical data that has been verified by a healthcare professional so real-world clinical outcomes can be collected and assessed.
These systems are user-created and are driven by the #WeAreNotWaiting movement. They utilise insulin pumps, glucose centres and an algorithm which maintains glucose at target level.
Dr Thomas Crabtree, audit lead and ABCD Research Fellow, said: “Users of these systems report high levels of satisfaction, but they are, at present, unregulated and unapproved.
“Position statements from Diabetes UK and other organisations have made it clear that whilst healthcare professionals should support users of the systems, they should not be routinely recommending their use. We hope to encourage healthcare professionals to participate in this audit so we can build an evidence base for their use and support future position statements.”
The launch of the audit was delayed due to the pandemic, but as clinics begin to return to some sense of normality Dr Crabtree is hopeful more clinicians will take part.
He said: “Even one or two additional users can sway the significance or the results we will be analysing. We hope to share initial findings at the ABCD meeting in Autumn/Winter 2021.”
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