The attitudes, experiences, and self-competencies of pediatric endocrinology fellows and attending physicians regarding diabetes technology: the Turkey experience

Mutlu G. Y., EREN E., Eviz E., Gokce T., Sakarya S., Hatun S.

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM, vol.35, pp.611-616, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/jpem-2022-0024
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.611-616
  • Keywords: children, diabetes, education, glucose monitoring, survey, technology, SUBCUTANEOUS INSULIN INFUSION, LONG-TERM, METABOLIC-CONTROL, PUMP THERAPY, CHILDREN, HYPOGLYCEMIA, BENEFITS
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Background Unlike in Western countries, the use of diabetes technologies has been limited in Turkey, or at least until the last few years. This low adoption frequency may be attributed to the lack of experience of pediatric diabetes teams in working with new technologies. The aim of this study is to evaluate the attitudes, experiences and self-efficacies of pediatric endocrinology fellows and attending physicians in terms of use of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) therapy and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems. Methods The questionnaire used in this study consisted of 63 questions including 10 questions evaluating the demographic characteristics and experience of the participants, 33 Likert-type questions related to self-competency, 17 yes/no questions and 3 open-ended questions which evaluated attitudes towards our study area. This questionnaire was e-mailed to pediatric endocrinology fellows and attending physicians working in Turkey. Results A total of 24 fellows and 28 attending physicians working in the field of pediatric endocrinology participated in the survey. Of the respondents, 61% reported that there was no formal training curriculum regarding diabetes technology at their institutions. The mean scores obtained from the Likert scale questions measuring self-competency in using CSII and CGM were 3.8 and 3.3 out of 5, respectively. Of the respondents, 55% judged themselves to be under-skilled in interpreting pump reports while 39% of the respondents reported themselves as being under-skilled in interpreting CGM reports. Conclusions While it is true that training programs for using diabetes technology have been established by the National Pediatric Endocrinology Association in Turkey, the development of a specific curriculum for institutions that provide pediatric endocrinology fellowship training in this framework will increase the self-confidence of pediatric endocrinologists in this matter and this will ultimately contribute to the improvement of the metabolic control of children with diabetes.