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[IPu] Fw: [IPn] Insulin Pump Satisfaction Survey

If you have not yet contacted your MP as suggested in the latest issue of
the Conquest include this item as well.
Alan Reed
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2002 5:53 AM
Subject: [IPn] Insulin Pump Satisfaction Survey

> I am forwarding this to the general membership since so many of you
> participated in the study. I expect it will be of interest to all of
> you. Ms Hodgson's comments are self explanatory. An excellent piece
> of work!
> Since this is a published paper, it may be of help to some of you in
> the UK and elsewhere that have difficulty convincing the "powers that
> be" that a pump really makes that big a difference.
> email @ redacted
> ##################
> Hello everyone!
> Since it has been awhile, I will re-introduce myself; my name is
> Launa Hodgson, a graduate student from CSU Chico that posted the
> survey that looked at the Quality of Life for people with Type 1
> diabetes using insulin pump therapy during the summer of 2001. I
> finally have the results of the survey that you so graciously filled
> out. There was an amazing response, with nearly 600 people taking
> part in the survey! With such an incredible response, the data
> analysis took much longer than expected. You may be excited to know
> that I presented this data at the American Diabetes Association
> National meeting in San Francisco in June 2002. The abstract was
> published in the Diabetes journal and can be found under: Hodgson,
> LM., Hutchinson, GE., Loudermilk, L., Azevedo, JL. Jr.: Insulin pump
> therapy improves the quality of life in Type 1 diabetic patients.
> Diabetes 51 (Suppl. 2): S1816, 2002. The following is the printed
> abstract; Insulin Pump Therapy Improves the Quality of Life in Type 1
> Diabetic Patients To evaluate the quality of life in type 1 diabetic
> patients using insulin pump therapy (IPT) the DCCT quality of life
> (QOL) questionnaire was utilized in a web-based survey. Patients were
> asked to evaluate selected aspects (satisfaction, impact, and worry)
> of their lives by comparing previous injection therapy to current
> IPT. Likert scale responses were employed for the various sections of
> the QOL questionnaire. The responses employed were: "almost always",
> "to a considerable degree", "occasionally", and "seldom". Of the 561
> respondents 69% were female while 31% were male. The majority of
> respondents (92%) were from the U.S., while the remainder were from
> Canada, the U.K., and elsewhere. Of the 561 respondents, 307 had
> diabetes for over 20 years; however, most respondents had been
> utilizing IPT from < 1 to 5 years. Hemoglobin A1c decreased in 77% of
> the respondents regardless of duration of IPT. Patient satisfaction
> with diabetes management and care was significantly   (p < 0.01)
> improved since initiating IPT. Respondents were either almost always
> or considerably satisfied (n=512, p < 0.01) with their current
> diabetes treatment since starting IPT. Additionally, personal
> satisfaction was significantly improved since beginning IPT. Diet
> flexibility was significantly affected with 81% (n=454) of
> respondents almost always satisfied. Negative impact of diabetes on
> the lives of patients was significantly reduced since starting IPT.
> Respondents were seldom concerned about obtaining a job (n=358, p <
> 0.01); however, there were no significant differences between
> responses about being denied insurance. Hypoglycemic episodes were
> either occasionally or seldomly experienced (n=459, 82%) since
> starting IPT which represents a significant risk reduction.
> Respondents were either seldomly or occasionally (n=486, 87%)
> concerned of becoming unconscious since starting IPT. In conclusion,
> the data support the hypothesis that insulin pump therapy improves
> the quality of life in type 1 diabetics. Short-term enhanced QOL
> could be due to the effectiveness of IPT, while long-term enhanced
> QOL may result from decreased HbA1c which may lead to a reduced risk
> of diabetic complications.
> Other Data
> -430 respondents had a decrease in HbA1c values
> -59% of respondents preferred the long length of tubing
> -60% of respondents changed their infusion set every 3 days
> -91% of respondents agreed that their self care needs had improved
> -309 respondents seldom feel pain with the treatment of diabetes -307
> respondents had been diagnosed with diabetes for over 20 years -305
> respondents had been using the pump for 1 - 5 years
> None of this would have been possible without your involvement. Thank
> you so much for taking the time to answer the survey. There was an
> extremely large amount of data, so if you have any questions, or were
> interested in any certain parts of the survey, please let me know. You
> can reach me at email @ redacted We are currently working on a
> manuscript to submit for publication in a journal, but that won't be
> for quite awhile!
> Thank you very much for your time, Launa Hodgson
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