Has Technology Improved Diabetes Management in Relation to Age, Gender, and Ethnicity?

Leslie Eiland, Thiyagarajan Thangavelu, Andjela Drincic

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: To review the current state of diabetes technology adoption and describe impact on outcomes in the context of age, gender, and ethnicity. We will discuss barriers and propose solutions that may help facilitate the adoption. Recent Findings: We are witnessing rapid evolution and increase in adoption of diabetes technology in all its forms, including insulin delivery and glucose monitoring devices, mobile medical applications, and telemedicine. This technology has a great potential to improve diabetes-related outcomes, including acute and chronic complications as well as quality of life for people living with diabetes. However, currently available outcome data are showing modest efficacy and evidence for disparities when it comes to age, gender, and ethnicity. Summary: Despite multiple barriers, the adoption of technology is steadily increasing. It is clear that disparities exist in terms of access to and use of technology, but they may be at least in part driven by unmet needs of end users and as such are not unsurmountable. While more research is needed to identify the specific causes for the disparities, future development of diabetes technology that is based on adaptation of behavioral theories has a potential to address the gaps. The disparities can be lessened by understanding the needs of end users and with improvement in personalization of technology, allowing the right device to be used by the right patient. Targeted interventions to increase awareness and education and help navigate the processes involved in currently available technology may help diminish the gaps in health equity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111
JournalCurrent diabetes reports
Volume19
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

Keywords

  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Health disparities
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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