We developed a virtual clinic to assist patients who use insulin pumps in the management of their diabetes. The virtual clinic offered access to information, communication with health professionals and interaction with peers. Seventeen patients were recruited from three hospital clinics. Participants completed questionnaires before and after using the clinic for a six-month period. Usage was initially high but then declined. In the first two months 1691 page-views were recorded, but in the final two months only 355 page-views were registered. Users found participation reassuring. They rated peer interaction as the most desirable and the most useful of the features available. Using an Internet-based clinic to support the self-management of diabetes is feasible and acceptable to patients.

Original publication

DOI

10.1258/jtt.2009.003014

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Telemed Telecare

Publication Date

2009

Volume

15

Pages

150 - 152

Keywords

Adult, Aged, Attitude to Computers, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1, Female, Humans, Insulin Infusion Systems, Internet, Male, Middle Aged, Patient Satisfaction, Peer Group, Pilot Projects, Surveys and Questionnaires, Telemedicine, User-Computer Interface, Young Adult