McMaster Insight Session: February 9, 2018

On February 9, 2018, we held the next in our series of Insight Sessions, bringing together the team of endocrinologists, diabetes educators, and other healthcare providers from McMaster Children's Hospital with a group of patient opinion leaders.

We spent the day using interactive and entertaining methods to establish new communication channels between everyone involved in the delivery of care.

Take a look at some interesting moments and read our full detailed event summary below!

To read the full summary, please click here for the PDF version.

If you would like more information about the program or are interested in hosting an Insight Session, please email your interest to Michael Houlahan, Executive Director, T1DTTN by clicking here.

Sudbury Insight Session: March 31, 2017

On March 31, 2017, we held the next in our series of Insight Sessions, bringing together the team of endocrinologists, diabetes educators, and other healthcare providers from Health Sciences North with a group of patient opinion leaders.

We spent the day using interactive and entertaining methods to establish new communication channels between everyone involved in the delivery of care.

Take a look at our summary below!

If you would like more information about the program or are interested in hosting an Insight Session, please email your interest to Michael Houlahan, Executive Director, T1DTTN by clicking here.

Transition Insight Session: February 8, 2017

One of the programs run by T1DTTN is "The Insight Session” which is an opportunity for a select group of people living with type 1 diabetes and health care providers to sit together in an open, safe, non-judgmental format to share experiences. We used interactive and entertaining methods to establish new channels of communication between everyone involved in the delivery of care. 

On February 8, 2017, we held the next in our series of Insight Sessions, bringing together a select group of young people living with Type 1 diabetes with endocrinologists, diabetes educators, and other healthcare providers.

Watch our summary below!

The objective was to discover new ways to integrate the true patient experience into clinical practice. At the end of the day we kickstarted a new discourse in how we define, understand, and improve the outcomes of the transition age group (18-29 yrs.) and the T1 patient journey.

This special event, running from 5:30PM-9:30PM, was organized by the T1 Diabetes Think Tank Network (T1DTTN). If you would like more information about the program, please email your interest to Michael Houlahan, Executive Director, T1DTTN by clicking here.

Connected in Motion Summer Slipstream - Sept. 16-18, 2016

We were able to participate in a wonderful event hosted by Connected in Motion. Instead of duplicating summaries, take a look at Heather's amazing description of the weekend by visiting Connected in Motion's website:

 Click the image above to read the weekend recap!

Click the image above to read the weekend recap!

A HUGE thank you to Erica Bota from ThinkLink Graphics for providing her artistic services throughout the weekend.

We're looking forward to participating in future Slipstream events!

Empathy leads to better communications, more positive health outcomes

 Empathy leads to better communications, more positive health outcomes

Two published articles in the Academic Medicine Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges confirm what members of T1D TTN already know – empathy and communications lead to better health outcomes for people with T1D.  “Physician Empathy and Critical Outcomes for Patients with T1D” (Volume 86, March 2011, pages 359 - 364) and“The Relationship Between Physician Empathy and Disease Complications: An Empirical Study of Primary Care Physicians and Their Diabetic Patients in Parma, Italy” (Volume 87, September 2012, pages 1243- 1249) identify the factors that support empathy and communications as positive for both the healthcare provider and T1D patient. The Washington-based AAMC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. 

Transition into Better Care

Transition into Better Care

Becoming an adult, leaving high school, going away to university or college, and/or starting a full-time job are all part of the challenges that young adults face. Young adults with type 1 diabetes also face the added pressure of having to develop relationships with new healthcare providers at a different adult diabetes centre, and of starting the process of managing their diabetes all by themselves.

Summary of T1DTTN Board, Advisor and Partner Conversations

Summary of T1DTTN Board, Advisor and Partner Conversations

On July 9, The T1D Think Tank held an important open forum at the YWCA in downtown Toronto. The objective was two–fold. First, to provide a status update for all components of the work so far in terms of creative elements, and Collaborative Insight Session Projects.  Second, and more importantly, was to present a summary of an independent review of conversations held with the Board and a number of T1DTTN advisors and Partners.

Message from our President

Message from our President

It has been a very exciting time since we kicked off the T1D Think Tank Network back in May 2013. Frankly, the reaction to that inaugural event was overwhelming and unexpected. Making sense of how our uniquely creative and collaborative methods had uncovered a process that had such a positive impact on the relationship between patients and health care professionals forced us to step back for a while so as to understand it properly.