Rollout of closed-loop technology to pregnant women with type 1 diabetes: healthcare professionals’ views about potential challenges and solutions

AiDAPT Collaborative Group, David Rankin, Ruth Hart, Barbara Kimbell, Katharine Barnard-Kelly, Anna Brackenridge, Caroline Byrne, Corinne Collett, Anna Dover, Sara Hartnell, Katherine F Hunt, Tara Lee, Robert S. Lindsay, David R McCance, Alastair Mckelvey, Gerry Rayman, Rebecca M Reynolds, Eleanor M Scott, Sara L White, Roman HovorkaHelen R Murphy, Julia Lawton

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Aims: To explore healthcare professionals’ views about the training and support needed to rollout closed-loop technology to pregnant women with type 1 diabetes.
Methods: We interviewed (n=19) healthcare professionals who supported pregnant women using CamAPS FX closed-loop during the AiDAPT trial. Data were analysed descriptively. An online workshop involving (n=15) trial team members was used to inform recommendations.
Results: Interviewees expressed enthusiasm for a national rollout of closed-loop, but anticipated various challenges, some specific to use during pregnancy. These included variations in insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring expertise and difficulties embedding and retaining key skills, due to the relatively small numbers of pregnant women using closed-loop. Inexperienced staff also highlighted difficulties interpreting data downloads. To support rollout, interviewees recommended providing expert initial advice training, delivered by device manufacturers together with online training resources and specific checklists for different systems. They also highlighted a need for 24-hour technical support, especially when supporting technology naïve women after first transitioning onto closed-loop in early pregnancy. They further recommended providing case-based meetings and mentorship for inexperienced colleagues, including support interpreting data downloads. Interviewees were optimistic that if healthcare professionals received training and support, their longer-term workloads could be reduced because closed-loop lessened women’s need for glycaemic management input, especially in later pregnancy.
Conclusions: Interviewees identified challenges and opportunities to rolling-out closed-loop and provided practical suggestions to upskill inexperienced staff supporting pregnant women using closed-loop. A key priority will be to determine how best to develop mentorship services to support inexperienced staff delivering closed-loop.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDiabetes Technology & Therapeutics
Early online date20 Jan 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jan 2023


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