Jill Weissberg-Benchell, a psychologist and CDE in Chicago is inviting people with T1D and their loved ones (partners, spouses, parents) to participate in a focus group with other PWD to talk about your hopes and expectations of new diabetes technology. Whether you have had experience with insulin pumps or continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) or not, whether you have participated in artificial pancreas trials or not, we would love to hear how you and your loved ones feel about the potential impact that automated insulin delivery systems (also called artificial pancreas or closed loop systems) could have on your daily lives.
The INSPIRE study team hopes to identify both the potential benefits and the possible difficulties or barriers people may face in using such technology so that we can develop ways to support people when these systems are available to use. Your feedback will also be shared with teams around the world who are developing these systems so that they can integrate the feedback into their products before they are commercialized.
These focus groups, to be held at your convenience, using an internet-based video conferencing system, will involve one group for PWD and a separate group for their loved ones. In both groups, members of the INSPIRE team will help lead the discussions. These two hour meetings will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts about automated insulin systems in a casual environment and in a confidential manner. We will mail each family a $50 Target gift card for their participation.
If you would like to learn more about the focus groups, please e-mail Jill and her team at: INSPIREstudy@luriechildrens.org or call at (312) 227-0330.