An evaluation of quality improvement collaboratives aligned to a national audit to improve the uptake of insulin pumps for people with diabetes


This ongoing research within the Yorkshire and Humber ARC aims to increase the use of insulin pumps for people with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes, as per NICE guidance. Many eligible patients do not have an insulin pump, yet they can improve quality of life and reduce health risks.

The study will compare the effects of specialist diabetes teams receiving feedback from a national diabetes audit alone versus receiving that feedback plus additional support in the form of coaching, workshops, and facilitation to help them implement the audit’s recommendations on insulin pump use.

The researchers will assess if the intervention leads to more patients starting and continuing insulin pump therapy, especially among groups with currently lower pump use like ethnic minorities. They will also evaluate the program’s costs to determine if it is a good value for the NHS to implement widely.

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