Psychosocial and Human Factors During a Trial of a Hybrid Closed Loop System for Type 1 Diabetes Management

Rebecca N. Adams, Molly L. Tanenbaum, Sarah J. Hanes, Jodie M. Ambrosino, Trang T. Ly, David M. Maahs, Diana Naranjo, Natalie Walders-Abramson, Stuart A. Weinzimer, Bruce A. Buckingham, Korey K. Hood

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    Background: Hybrid closed loop (HCL) systems are designed to automate insulin delivery to improve type 1 diabetes (T1D) outcomes and reduce user burden and distress. Because the systems only automate some aspects of diabetes care, psychosocial and human factors remain an important consideration in their use. Thus, we examined whether psychosocial and human factors (i.e., distress related to diabetes management, fear of hypoglycemia, and technology attitudes) would (1) change after using the system and (2) predict glycemic outcomes during the trial. Subjects and Methods: Fourteen adults and 15 adolescents with T1D participated in a multisite clinical trial of an investigational version of the MiniMed 670G system (Medtronic, Northridge, CA) over 4 to 5 days in a semisupervised outpatient setting. Users completed surveys assessing psychosocial and human factors before beginning the HCL system and at the conclusion of the study. t-Tests and regression analyses were conducted to examine whether these factors changed following trial exposure to the HCL system and predicted glycemic outcomes during the trial. Results: Diabetes management distress decreased and diabetes technology attitudes became more positive over the trial period. Fear of hypoglycemia did not change over the trial period. There was a trend toward greater pretrial management distress predicting less time in range during the trial, controlling for time in range before the trial. Conclusions: Results suggest that this system is promising for enhancing technology attitudes and reducing management distress. Psychosocial factors, such as management distress, may negatively impact glycemic outcomes and should be a priority area for further investigation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)648-653
    Number of pages6
    JournalDiabetes Technology & Therapeutics
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

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