Teleconsultation in type 1 diabetes mellitus (TELEDIABE).

Source: Bertuzzi, F., et al. 2018 - Pubmed ID: 29209814

Setting: Italy, 2 Diabetes Centers

Study design:



Follow up: 12 monts.

Patient group:

Sample size:

Total: 77 (74

IG: 37 (35)

CG: 40 (39)


Inclusion criteria:

  • Diabetes 1
  • 5-50 years old
Type of technology:

Video consultation



  • Booking of consultations
  • Education and training

Intervention: Teleconsultation via web with a diabetologist every 4th month. Before consultation patients send glycemic profiles via email. During teleconsultations general condition is discussed, clinical data analyzed, evaluation of therapy, plan follow up.  Teleeducational tools are available at a web project portal.


Duration: 12 months

Add on: –


Control group: Usual care

Clinical effect/ Patient safety:

Clinical effect:

  • HbA1c →
  • Chronic complications (freq) →

Patient safety:

  • Severe hypoglycemia (emergency room) ↓
Patient experiences/ Staff experiences:

Patient experiences:

  • Satisfaction: High on service, comfort, improvement of diabetes management. All participants interested to continue project.
  • Mean time saved: 115 ± 86min
  • Average cost reduction: 80 euro (range 10-400 euro)

Staff experiences: NA

Costs and organization:



  • Video equipment
  • Web site

Staff resources

  • Technical training


Staff resources

  • Teleconsultation


  • Website

Organization: NA


Health care utilization:

  • Severe hypoglycemia (emergency room) ↓
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“↑”: Statistically significant increase

“↓”: Statistically significant decrease

“→”: Statistically insignificant (no difference)