Optimizing the use of technology to support people with diabetes: research recommendations from Diabetes UK's 2019 diabetes and technology workshop

Diabet Med. 2021 Nov;38(11):e14647. doi: 10.1111/dme.14647. Epub 2021 Aug 1.


Aims: To identify key gaps in the research evidence base that could help improve how technology supports people with diabetes, and provide recommendations to researchers and research funders on how best to address them.

Methods: A research workshop was conducted, bringing together research experts in diabetes, research experts in technology, people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals.

Results: The following key areas within this field were identified, and research recommendations for each were developed: Matching the pace of research with that of technology development Time in range as a measure Health inequalities and high-risk groups How to train people to use technology most effectively Impact of technology usage on mental health CONCLUSIONS: This position statement outlines recommendations through which research could improve how technology is employed to care for and support people living with diabetes, and calls on the research community and funders to address them in future research programmes and strategies.

Keywords: Health Status Disparities; blood glucose self monitoring; mental health; technology; type 1 diabetes mellitus; type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / epidemiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / therapy*
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health*
  • Morbidity / trends
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Technology / organization & administration*
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology