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Joslin offers outpatient treatment for pediatric patients with new-onset diabetes

Often new-onset pediatric patients with diabetes can be treated safely and effectively on an outpatient basis.

Friday, April 16, 2010

When a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the shock of the diagnosis for child and family may be heightened when the child is hospitalized. Often, however, new-onset pediatric patients can be treated safely and effectively on an outpatient basis, allowing them and their families to make a smoother transition to managing the disease. Joslin’s pediatric clinic offers this service to children and families who are appropriate candidates.

“New-onset children and families can receive the same comprehensive care as outpatients that they would as inpatients,” says Lori Laffel, M.D., M.P.H., Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology.

“Many studies have shown that children with new-onset diabetes do just as well in outpatient care as in the hospital, and that this approach is less disruptive,” Dr. Laffel emphasizes. “Families can make a more rapid adjustment to daily living with diabetes when they begin to manage it on Day One. Within 24 hours, they can achieve a level of self-confidence about managing their child’s diabetes that might take days or weeks to reach if the child were hospitalized.”

Newly diagnosed children may be candidates for outpatient management if their medical condition meets certain criteria, their family is ready to immediately take on the challenge of diabetes care with support from Joslin, they are not too young, they live reasonably near to Joslin and other related guidelines are met.

The initial assessment to try outpatient care is made by phone. At the clinic, the family of the newly diagnosed child meets with one of Joslin's pediatric diabetes specialists. Once the child’s health and overall situation has been assessed, and a determination is made that outpatient treatment indeed is feasible, diabetes management and education begin, following Joslin’s standard approach of individualized care supported by a multidisciplinary clinical team.

For more information about this program, call 617-732-2603 and speak to Louise Crescenzi or Lisa Kuhn, B.S.N., R.N.

New-onset pediatric patients can be treated safely and effectively on an outpatient basis

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