Pediatric diabetes inpatient care: Can medical staff knowledge be improved?

Galia Barash, Gila Lavy, Zohar Landau, Itay Tokatly Latzer, Marianna Rachmiel

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The purpose of this study was to assess the benefit of a short workshop addressing knowledge and confidence of inpatient caregivers (physicians and nurses) treating pediatric type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) patients. Questionnaires to determine familiarity with T1DM management and confidence in care were distributed at three university-affiliated medical centers. A 5-h practical-skills workshop was conducted at one center. Same questionnaires were filled out immediately after the workshop and 3 months later. Evaluation of knowledge was based on 16 multiple-choice questions, and confidence based on 10 categorical questions. Nurses and physicians (total 135, 106 women, 85 nurses) completed the questionnaires. The median knowledge score was 53.33 (40-66) and 46.7 (26.7-66.7) for nurses and physicians, respectively (p = 0.76). The confidence scores were 1.44 (1.1-1.9) and 1.56 (1.2-1.8), respectively (p = 0.7). More experience among nurses (>10 years) was associated with higher confidence scores (p = 0.04). Twenty-one physicians and 52 nurses, 66 women, attended the workshop. The median knowledge grade improved from 60 (47-67) to 81 (69-81), p < 0.001, immediately after, and to 69 (63-81), p < 0.001, 3 months post-workshop. The median confidence score improved from 1.8 (1.6-2) to 2.4 (2.1-2.6), p < 0.001, and to 2.2 (2-2.6), p < 0.001, respectively. There was no association with profession or seniority. Knowledge and confidence in care of medical staff treating inpatient T1DM pediatric patients are lacking. Both improved significantly after the workshop, independent of seniority or profession.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)821-826
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • diabetes
  • knowledge
  • treatment
  • workshop

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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