Perceptions and understanding of diabetes mellitus technology in adults with type 1 or type 2 DM: A pilot survey from Pakistan
Diabetes/Endocrinology and Metabolism
Introduction: Diabetes mellitus technology (DMT) is increasingly used for routine management in developed countries, yet its uptake in developing countries is not as consistent. Multiple factors may influence this, including country specific patient perception regarding DMT. We conducted a pilot study in Pakistan to understand this important question which has not been studied yet.
Methods: A cross-sectional pilot study was conducted in Pakistan. An anonymous survey exploring perceptions of diabetes technology was circulated on social media platforms, collecting responses over 2 weeks. Target population included adults (≥18 years) living in Pakistan, with DM1 or 2.
Results: A total of 40 responses were received. The majority (36/40) reported using conventional glucometers. Nine used continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). Thirty-two of 40 patients believed DMT improved diabetes care, 22 felt it helped decreased risk of Diabetes-related complications. 15/40 stated that DMT results in increased cost of care. Sixteen reported their diabetes care teams had never discussed wearable DMT options whereas 11 disliked them because they did not want a device on their self.
Conclusion: In our pilot study we have identified broad themes of opportunity and challenges to DMT use in Pakistan. Patients' perceptions regarding DMT were generally positive but significant barriers to its acceptance included high cost, lack of discussion between doctor and patient about available technology and personal hesitation. Limitations of our study include sampling bias (online survey) and small sample size, but this data can help inform larger studies, to look at this important topic in greater detail.
Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Martins, R. S.,
(2021). Perceptions and understanding of diabetes mellitus technology in adults with type 1 or type 2 DM: A pilot survey from Pakistan. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.
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