University of Southern Indiana

Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes

Description of Program:

Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood.

Caring for children with health care needs, such as type 1 diabetes, is different than the care needs of adults, and these needs mandate different standards.

Type 1 diabetes is the perfect example that children have specific needs that are different than adults, and specific care guidelines must be woven into interprofessional collaborative practice.

Examples include:

  • Insulin dosing cannot be based on body size alone
  • The consequences of hypoglycemia are different for children than adults
  • Age, developmental stage, and puberty impact all care considerations by the interprofessional team
  • Patient support systems must be integrated at every level of care and children with disabilities such as diabetes are protected by federal laws

The incidence of type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents, in the United States, is 1.93 per 1000 (aged <20 years) according to data from SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study. This study was noted in the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017. Non-Hispanic whites had the highest rate compared to other racial and ethnic groups. Additionally, the International Diabetes Federation reported in 2017, that over one million children and adolescents, worldwide, have type 1 diabetes. Thus making diabetes one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood.

Regardless if you interact with one child with diabetes or 100, the standards of care must to be known. The importance of assimilating interprofessional collaborative practice into the plan to manage the varied needs of the type 1 patient, family, support system is imperative.

Learning Outcome:

The learning outcome of this program is to enable the learner to apply the essentials of Pediatric type 1 diabetes to clinical practice through interprofessional collaborative practice.

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