Psychosocial Impact of the Bionic Pancreas during Summer Camp

Jill Weissberg-Benchell*, Danielle Hessler, William H. Polonsky, Lawrence Fisher

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Background: The psychosocial impact of the bionic pancreas (BP) was assessed among children attending diabetes camp. Methods: Nineteen children were randomly assigned for 5 days to the BP condition and 5 days to the control condition in a crossover design. Results: Significant reductions in hypoglycemic fear and regimen burden were found. Children felt less burdened or worried about diabetes and felt freer to do things they enjoyed while using the BP. Children wished the BP responded to out of range numbers faster and expressed annoyance about carrying around the necessary equipment. Conclusions: Children may experience improved psychosocial outcomes following use of BP while expressing key areas of user concern. Future studies in less controlled environments with larger sample sizes can determine if these findings are generalizable to other groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)840-844
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


  • artificial pancreas
  • automated insulin delivery
  • bionic pancreas
  • diabetes camp
  • psychosocial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Internal Medicine
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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