An initial evaluation of the design of pediatric psychology consultation service with children with diabetes.

Abstract

The objective of this study was to review the process of psychology consultation with an outpatient pediatric diabetes service, and provide data regarding assessment and outcome. The purpose was to demonstrate that the inclusion of psychology in the care of the child would enhance the effectiveness of treatment delivery. Over a one-year period, 91 psychological consultations were reviewed for information related to reasons for referral, diagnosis, and treatment. Processes of assessment and collaboration are described. Nearly half of all the participants that were referred for a consultation met the criteria for a psychiatric disorder, including Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, mood disorder or anxiety. Paired t-tests revealed significant improvement in metabolic control from referral to the next clinic appointment. Psychological consultation appears to have a positive impact on selected health outcomes. Given the large number of children with psychiatric disorder, psychological intervention may facilitate adherence and reduce complications associated with poor metabolic control.

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