In adults with type 1 diabetes starting insulin pump therapy, what is the best approach to education?
The reviewers searched for published research between 1998 and 2008. They found five studies, with widely varying methods and outcome measures. No overall conclusion could be drawn from the findings.
Users of this research are advised to consider:
- Does the review address a clearly focused question? If not, this will limit the ability to draw inferences from the findings.
- Which databases did the reviewers search? We would expect to find relevant evidence for this type of topic in social care databases as well as biomedical literature. Could they have missed important studies?
- What the reviewers’ inclusion criteria were.
- It may be important for you to look for a lesser quality individual study that is more relevant to your own patient population.
Jayasekara RS, Munn Z, Lockwood C. Effect of educational components and strategies associated with insulin pump therapy: a systematic review. Int J Evid Based Healthc. 2011 Dec;9(4):346-61. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-1609.2011.00228.x.