Implementation of quality of life monitoring in Dutch routine care of adolescents with type 1 diabetes: appreciated but difficult

Minke Eilander, Maartje de Wit, Joost Rotteveel, Nienke Maas-van Schaaijk, Angelique Roeleveld-Versteegh, Frank Snoek

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OBJECTIVE: Monitoring quality of life (QoL) improves well-being and care satisfaction of adolescents with type 1 diabetes. We set out to evaluate the implementation of the program DAWN (Diabetes Attitudes Wishes and Needs) MIND-Youth (Monitoring Individual Needs in Young People With Diabetes) (DM-Y), in which Dutch adolescents' QoL is assessed with the MIND Youth Questionnaire (MY-Q) and its outcomes are discussed. Successful implementation of DM-Y warrants close study of experienced barriers and facilitators as experienced by diabetes care teams as well as adolescents and parents.

METHODS: The study was conducted in 11 self-selected Dutch pediatric diabetes clinics. A mixed methods approach was used. Ten diabetes teams (26 members) were interviewed; 36 team members, 29 adolescents, and 66 parents completed an online survey.

RESULTS: Two of 10 teams successfully implemented DM-Y. Whereas 92% of teams valued DM-Y as a useful addition to routine care, most clinics were not able to continue because of logistical problems (lack of time and manpower). Still, all teams had the ambition to make DM-Y integral part of routine care in the nearby future. Seventy-nine percentage of the parents and 41% of the adolescents appreciated the usage of MY-Q, same percentage of adolescents neutral.

CONCLUSIONS: DM-Y is highly appreciated by teams, as well as adolescents and parents, but for most clinics it is difficult to implement. More effort should be paid to resolve logistic problems in order to facilitate dissemination of DM-Y in care nationwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-9
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric Diabetes
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

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© 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1/epidemiology
  • Female
  • Health Plan Implementation/standards
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Monitoring, Physiologic/methods
  • Netherlands/epidemiology
  • Parents/psychology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care/statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Care Team
  • Primary Health Care/methods
  • Quality of Life
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


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