Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Glycemic control is difficult to achieve for the adolescent with type 1 diabetes mellites (TlDM). Intensive insulin therapy through continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) with an insulin pump can give the adolescent better glycemic control and a more flexible schedule and lifestyle. The purpose of this project was to determine if insulin pump therapy among adolescents increases their compliance of their medical regimen and to increase awareness of diabetic educators of insulin pump therapy and it's appropriateness among adolescent patients.

An intensive literature review was conducted to detern1ine the current evidence on insulin pump therapy in adolescents and their compliance. There were nine areas of focus in this literature review: treatment difficulties of adolescents with TIDM, diabetes care, nutritional concerns, intensive insulin therapy, adolescents who will benefit from CSII, advantages of CSII, family involvement, keys to success with CSII, and concerns of CSII. At the culmination of the project, local diabetic educators will be given a presentation about insulin pump therapy in adolescents and its effects on compliance.