Early risk factors for nonadherence in pediatric type 1 diabetes: a review of the recent literature

Curr Diabetes Rev. 2010 May;6(3):167-83. doi: 10.2174/157339910791162952.


Nonadherence to different aspects of the diabetes regimen is common. Problems early in the course of illness predict later difficulties with nonadherence; conversely, good management early on protects against later complications. Screening for early risk factors at the time of diabetes diagnosis is therefore critical for promoting the health of children with type 1 diabetes. The purpose of this paper is to review and synthesize the recent empirical literature on early risk factors for nonadherence in type 1 diabetes, with a focus on three specific adherence behaviors: insulin administration, blood glucose monitoring, and clinic attendance. Risk factors are considered within several broad categories: sociodemographic barriers that limit access to care; child and parent factors that affect adherence both directly and indirectly via their impact on the development of family teamwork; and family interactions with their health-care providers. We integrate the different findings into a "simple model" that can be used to develop efficient screening protocols that can in turn guide efforts at preventive intervention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring
  • Child
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / drug therapy
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology*
  • Family Relations
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Insulin / administration & dosage*
  • Patient Compliance / psychology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors


  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Insulin