SPECTRUM: A Training and Treatment Program for Continuous Glucose Monitoring for All Age Groups

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Abstract

Background:

Optimal usage of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) requires adequate training of the users. Providing patients with a CGM system without such a training usually doesn’t lead to the intended improvement in metabolic control.

Methods:

In Germany we developed a structured training program (“SPECTRUM”) to ensure a high quality standard for the use of CGM systems.

Results:

This program is suitably for patients of all age groups and is applicable to all CGM systems and all forms of insulin therapy. A curriculum was also developed so that training centers with less experience with CGM could become capable of offering comprehensive CGM training.

Conclusions:

We believe that usage of such a program can be an important step forward in achieving more widespread acceptance and use of CGM systems. Translations in other languages and evaluation with a controlled clinical trial are planned.

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