Aims: How do physicians assess AID-Systems in terms of their current and future importance for diabetes care?
Methods: In 2021 3diabetologists in Germany (48% female, average age 53.7 years) were asked via online surveys about their current and future assessment of AID-Systems.The results were compared with the 20survey, in which 337 diabetologists (43% female, mean age 53.2 years) participated.
Results: Currently, 58.6% (2020: 51.4%) of diabetologists consider AID-Systems to be important for diabetes care, in 5 years 89.3% (2020: 86.4%) . Diabetologists estimate that in approx. 9 years one in two PwD TD1 in Germany will be a user of an AID-System, and in approx. 17 years 90% will use an AID-System. Currently, they estimate that 57.6% of all PwD-TD1 are suitable for an AID-System. Diabetologists see the clearest impact of AID-Systems in an increased need for diabetes selfmangement education (78.9%) , but also in PwD becoming much more autonomous and empowered (62.8%) . Regarding possible negative effects of AID-Systems, diabetologists see only few risks: 20% fear that PWD will have less contact with the diabetes team, 16.9% are concerned that PWD will not be able to cope with the technological change. Only 7.9% fear that PWD will become riskier with AID-Systems, only 1.7% have fears that the diabetes team will become superfluous.
Conclusions: Overall, diabetologists assess AID-Systems as a important innovation for diabetes care and that this will soon become the standard therapy for T1D. The effort for Diabetes self-management education and support is estimated to be relatively high, possible disadvantages relatively low.
L.Heinemann: Board Member; Lifecare, Inc., Consultant; Becton, Dickinson and Company, Roche Diabetes Care, Stock/Shareholder; Profil Institut für Stoffwechselforschung GmbH, Science Consulting in Diabetes GmbH. N.Hermanns: Advisory Panel; Abbott Diabetes, Research Support; Becton, Dickinson and Company, Roche Diagnostics, Speaker's Bureau; Berlin-Chemie AG, Novo Nordisk, Sanofi. D.Ehrmann: Advisory Panel; Dexcom, Inc., Consultant; mySugr, Roche Diabetes Care, Speaker's Bureau; Berlin-Chemie AG, Dexcom, Inc. T.Roos: None. B.Kulzer: Advisory Panel; Bayer AG, Bayer AG, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Berlin-Chemie AG, Berlin-Chemie AG, Dexcom, Inc., Dexcom, Inc., Insulet Corporation, Novo Nordisk, Roche Diabetes Care, Sanofi, Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH, Research Support; Novo Nordisk, Roche Diabetes Care.