Diabetes UK is calling for young people aged 16–25 with Type 1 diabetes to get involved in testing internet and mobile phone applications – 'apps' – which could allow them to get more from their healthcare appointments.
The Diabetes App Challenge is part of a research project funded by the charity and led by researchers at Peninsula Medical School and Plymouth University. Individuals and teams were invited to design and develop an app that might help young people with diabetes prepare for, and get the most out of, healthcare appointments.
Call for participants
Six apps – including one for iPhone, two for Android and three websites – have now been submitted and Diabetes UK is calling for 200 young people with Type 1 diabetes to come forward to test them and give their feedback. Participants must be aged between 16 and 25, have Type 1 diabetes, attend a UK clinic for diabetes treatment and have an upcoming diabetes healthcare appointment scheduled before the end of February 2013.
Participants will be asked to sign up at the Challenge’s website, choose the app that they would like to test and then use it for an upcoming clinic appointment. They will also be asked to complete a short questionnaire after the trial. All participants will receive a £20 Amazon voucher for taking part, and the app designers will receive a payment every time someone downloads their app.
Dr Matthew Hobbs, Diabetes UK Head of Research, said, "We are really pleased with the response to the Diabetes App Challenge and are impressed that young people with diabetes have been able to plan and design such a diverse range of apps within the relatively short time given.
"We are now at an exciting phase of the project, as the newly designed apps will be placed in the hands of potential users for the first time. Hopefully they will allow young people with Type 1 diabetes to identify areas where they might need a little more help or support, and empower them to take control of their condition."
You can find out more at the Diabetes App Challenge website, find the researchers on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.
In the video below, Dr Jonathan Pinkney, who is leading the research, talks about the project: