Insulin pump therapy and health-related quality of life in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes

Jessica M. Valenzuela, Anna Maria Patino, Judith McCullough, Christine Ring, Janine Sanchez, Margaret Eidson, Robin Nemery, Alan M. Delamater

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Objectives: To compare the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of youths on injection regimens to those prescribed insulin pump therapy and examine factors related to HRQOL in youths with type 1 diabetes. Methods: An ethnically diverse group of youths (n = 160, ages 5-17 years) with type 1 diabetes and their caretakers completed family, parent, and child adjustment measures, as well as measures of generic- and disease-specific HRQOL. Metabolic control and regimen information were assessed through medical records. Results: HRQOL was unrelated to regimen prescription. Child, family, and parent adjustment variables were significantly related to HRQOL, whereas other demographic and clinical variables were relatively less important. Conclusions: Present findings indicate that insulin pump therapy does not have negative implications for HRQOL. They also suggest that interventions aiming to improve HRQOL in this population should target child, parent, and family adjustment and not focus solely on disease-related outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)650-660
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Health-related quality of life
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Type 1 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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