Barriers and facilitators of diabetes management by continuous glucose monitoring systems among adults with type 2 diabetes: A protocol of qualitative systematic review

Mingyue Zheng, Anamica Patel, Adeel Khoja, Yunting Luo, Wei Lin, Qian He, Xuan Zhao, Juan Wang, Shenqiao Yang, Peng Hu

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Abstract

Introduction Studies suggest that continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) play an important role in the management of diabetes. Although general acceptance has been reported by patients with type 2 diabetes towards the use of CGMs, potential barriers exist like pain due to sensor insertion, accidental removal of the device or adhesive strip, impacts of daily activities, skin reactions to sensor adhesive, etc. This systematic review of qualitative studies aims to explore the perspectives, experiences and narratives of patients and caregivers about CGM use, and its barriers and facilitators. Methods and analysis This review will include qualitative studies and cross-sectional and longitudinal cohort studies using open-ended questions, published in English by 30 October 2021. The following electronic databases will be searched: Cochrane Library, PubMed, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO and Scopus. A search of grey literature will be conducted via an online search of Google Scholar, WorldCat, ClinicalTrials.gov and OpenGrey A combined search strategy using medical subject headings (MeSH), controlled vocabulary and 'free-text' terms will be appropriately revised to suit each database. Primary outcomes will include patient and caregiver perspectives on diabetes management regarding glucose control; living with CGM (quality of life, experience of wearing a CGM); psychological aspects (anxiety, depression, emotional burden); barriers (technical issues, financial issues) to use of CGM and thoughts (interpretation, understanding) on the CGM report. A qualitative meta-synthesis will be conducted employing a systematic literature search of existing literature, quality assessment using study-specific tools and an aggregative thematic synthesis by a multidisciplinary team. Ethics and dissemination Ethical approval is not required since this is a systematic review. The results will help improve clinical implementation of CGMs on part of both patients and caregivers. PROSPERO registration number CRD42020152211.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere046050
JournalBMJ Open
Volume11
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • continuous glucose monitor
  • diabetes management
  • health technology assessment
  • qualitative systematic review
  • type 2 diabetes

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