Assessing the benefits and challenges of video consultations for the treatment of children with type 1 diabetes - A qualitative study among diabetes professionals

Fabian Simon Frielitz*, Jana Dördelmann, Stella Lemke, Karin Lange, Olaf Hiort, Alexander Katalinic, Simone Von Sengbusch

*Corresponding author for this work
7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background Video consultations are promoted as a tool to effectively supplement paediatric diabetes outpatient care. However, knowledge about attitudes of diabetes professionals towards this new technology is lagging behind. Diabetologists and diabetes nurses participating in a controlled study (the VIDIKI study) with monthly video consultations for children with type 1 diabetes were interviewed about their experience with this type of communication. Research Design and Methods Guideline-based qualitative interviews with 9 telemedicine experts (7 paediatric diabetologists and 2 diabetes nurses) and 7 paediatric diabetologists who agreed to the telemedical co-treatment of their patients were analysed using qualitative content analysis, in particular inductive category formation. Results Diabetes experts reported generally positive attitudes towards video consultations. They identified a number of unique benefits of telemedical interventions, including higher frequency of contacts, greater sense of patient's safety, ability to interact with patients in their own homes, more timely and accurate medical monitoring, and improved data management. Additionally, it was important to the experts to maintain regular face-to-face consultations and to ensure close communication between telemedicine and outpatient clinical experts. Conclusions Prerequisites for successful video consultations include a comprehensive initial technical training and an agreement on treatment responsibilities of all health care professionals involved in the patient's care. Under these conditions, the experts reported significant advantages of video consultation in the treatment of children with type 1 diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalExperimental and Clinical Endocrinology and Diabetes
Volume129
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)831-836
Number of pages6
ISSN0947-7349
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.11.2021

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)
  • Research Area: Center for Population Medicine and Public Health (ZBV)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-17 Endocrinology, Diabetology, Metabolism

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