TuDiabetes Hypo Survey Results Published in JAMA IM

Spectacular news! Research and data collected from TuDiabetes’ TuAnalyze has been published in a paper by the Children’s Hospital Boston group we’ve been collaborating with since 2009! The paper, titled “Participatory Surveillance of Hypoglycemia and Harms in an Online Social Network”, was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine on February 11, 2013.

The paper highlights the results of the hypoglycemia survey we conducted between 2011-2012. This means that members of TuDiabetes (a.k.a., YOU!) contributed to the advancement of research and knowledge of how people with diabetes experience hypoglycemic episodes. More about the study is available on the on the JAMA Internal Medicine site .

It has been over a week since the announcement of the publication on TuDiabetes and many people have left comments about their reactions to the piece. Many have shared their excitement and feeling of accomplishment. There are also many individuals who have brought attention to the fact that only the summary is available for free.

While it is unfortunate that participants who provided information for the study (those who took the survey) are not being offered free access at this time, since this work was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the full paper WILL be available for free in one year on PubMed Central .

With that said, we all ought to feel a sense of accomplishment for this publication. It is a big deal! It’s the highest profile medical publication in which we have gotten referenced as the platform that made the paper possible. This in itself is great from a validation and value perspective.

You may read a summary of the paper here. The paper was published with an Editorial Note from the journal editor, and an Invited Commentary from Dr. Aaron Neinstein, author of the Diabetes Technology Blog. You can also see the Boston Children’s Hospital press release about the paper here.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in TuAnalyze! Your support of this project is what made this research possible.

If you have any questions about this paper, TuAnalyze, or our research please let us know below or contact us at tuanalyze@chip.org.