Primary care providers' experience in the management of paediatric type 1 diabetes in Western Sydney, New South Wales


Background and objectives: It is unknown to what degree general practitioners (GPs) are able to diagnose and assist in the management of children with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This study examined the experiences of GPs when faced with paediatric T1D.

Method: A qualitative study using semistructured interviews was conducted with a sample of GPs in Western Sydney. Data were analysed thematically.

Results: Thirty GPs reported varied experiences with paediatric T1D. Two themes emerged: 'You don't think of T1D everyday' (GPs do not frequently encounter T1D) and 'We need to be equipped' (despite low patient numbers, GPs want to be able to recognise, refer and assist in the management of children with T1D).

Discussion: There is limited Australian research into GPs' ability to diagnose and manage children with T1D. This study highlights the current level of knowledge and referral practices of a sample of GPs

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