Home-Based Video Visits Useful for Pediatric Patients With Poorly Controlled Type 1 Diabetes

Pediatric patients with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes (T1D) consider home-based video visits with healthcare providers to be feasible and satisfactory, according to study results published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.

To evaluate the feasibility of home-based video visits for pediatric patients with T1D who might benefit from more frequent contact with their healthcare providers, researchers provided 6 months of home-based video visits to 57 children and adolescents with T1D who had poor glycemic control (hemoglobin A1c [HbA1c] ≥8%).

Each participant was offered a video visit (median duration, 33 minutes) every 4 to 8 weeks in addition to regularly scheduled clinic visits. The frequency of video visits was based on HbA1c level at baseline, with more frequent visits given to patients with worse glycemic control. The researchers recorded dates of clinic visits and HbA1c values at baseline and 6 months and surveyed participants at study conclusion to assess satisfaction with video visits.

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