New-Onset Diabetes Outpatient Management Program
If a primary care physician has a child in their office that has an elevated glucose (who is otherwise clinically stable) that they suspect may be due to new onset diabetes, we can see that patient the same day at our office without the family having to go to the hospital. We will stabilize the child with intensive multiple daily insulin injection therapy upon arrival to our office. We will also start diabetes education over a 2 day period so that both the child and the family are empowered with information about diabetes. We are proud of the success and high primary care physician satisfaction that we have had with our New-Onset Diabetes Outpatient Management Program. The program was featured in local ACO Medical Group of Ohio's publication because of the improvement in outcomes as well as costs that have occurred upon its implementation.
COPEDS providers have been trained in motivation interviewing. Motivational interviewing is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring that person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. We are using motivational interviewing at the clinic to help kids achieve their health goals.
Diabetes College 101 Classes
Moving from home to college can be tough on students with diabetes, as well as their families. It's important for everyone involved in this transition - health care providers, parents, and students - to prepare, and to make sure that everyone is on the same page. COPEDS has begun providing group sessions with both kids and their families to discuss issues specific to college and diabetes and to answer questions. Content discussed during the sessions is all in the COPEDS Diabetes College 101 Book which is available for purchase in the clinic. We are planning to collaborate with Ohio State's College Diabetes Network chapter for the upcoming academic year 2015-2016 so that our kids have a chance to talk to current college students about what to expect with diabetes while in college. A great summary of the challenges is noted in the following video by the College Diabetes Network:
Dr. Jennifer Dyer has been working with computer science students obtaining their masters degrees at The Ohio State University to develop a new video game for kids with diabetes. The team presented their work in the spring of 2015 to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University (pictured below). Recent media stories on the upcoming commercialization of the 'ninja' game here.