Outpatient treatment for new-onset pediatric patients
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.
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 or to refer a patient to the New Onset Outpatient Program, call 617-732-2603.
Page last updated: October 26, 2016