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Breidbart, E, Gallagher, M.P
- The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic permanently transformed clinical care models for people living with type 1 diabetes, primarily by accelerating the use of telemedicine.
- Remote patient monitoring and virtual health care allowed people with diabetes to maintain contact with health care providers without traveling to the office.
- Diabetes technology was associated with improved health outcomes in people with type 1 diabetes during the pandemic.
- Pre-existing health care disparities, including differences in diabetes technology use and access to telemedicine, persisted during the COVID-19 pandemic and were associated with worse health outcomes.
- Health care systems must work to create more flexible and equitable health care delivery models, to prepare for future pandemics and environmental disasters.
- While there is no strong evidence directly linking severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection with type 1 diabetes pathogenesis, pandemic associated behaviors may have contributed to changes in the patterns of type 1 diabetes
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