Assessment of an alternative model using telemedicine for medical follow-up of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes

Pacaud, D, Currie, G, and Chiasson, M - $60,000

The goal of the project is to assess if a revised approach to information delivery (physician only visit replaced by the transmission of information from the patient through either fax or a web browser, followed by a phone contact with the diabetes nurse educator) will save medical resources while maintaining quality of care and current metabolic control.

Our primary objective is to compare medical outcomes between children with type 1 diabetes followed through the alternative model of information delivery to children followed through a traditional model care.

Our secondary objectives are to:

  1. compare utilisation of medical care resources between the alternative model of care and the traditional model of care and
  2. compare satisfaction and costs for families between the two models of care.