Study Participation Information

MyT1DHero Mobile App Study Participation Information

This study is to test a self-management mobile phone app for kids with type 1 diabetes and their parents.

Contact Katie to enroll!; 269-986-0669

What is the MyT1DHero App?

MyT1DHero is a mobile phone app that connects kids with T1D to their parents to help support the transition to self-management.

This mobile app links parents and kids by creating two separate apps (one for the parent and one for the child) that work together to manage T1D.

The main goal of this research is to aid in the successful transition to self-care for the child and increase positive health outcomes.

This research will also help us to further understand what types of messages, reward systems, and technology cues can improve adherence.

Who Can Participate?

Kids who:

  • Have a T1D diagnosis according to ADA guidelines
  • Are 10-15 years old
  • Have had T1D for at least 6 months
  • Have an A1c greater than 7
  • Have had at least 2 outpatient visits in the past 2 years
  • Willing to have two HbA1c tests done at a Sparrow Lab (Lab locations here) -OR- meet with a researcher at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids
  • Are fluent in English
  • Have a parent/guardian willing to participate
  • Are allowed to use a mobile phone for the study

Additionally, the parent participating must:

  • Have an adolescent 10-15 years old with T1D
  • Be willing to travel to a Sparrow lab (or Helen DeVos) two times
  • Be fluent in English
  • Have daily access to email and the internet

What Will You Do If You Participate?

The study lasts for 3 months:

  • Visit 1 is the enrollment meeting and acts as the start of the study (this is an in-person meeting)
    • Sign consent forms and other paperwork
    • Complete surveys
    • Provide meter or pump data
    • Borrow a phone if needed*
    • Get started using the app
    • Go to a Sparrow Lab (or Helen DeVos) for an HbA1c test (Lab locations here)
  • Visit 2A is the end of app use
    • Complete surveys online
    • Phone interviews
    • Provide meter or pump data
    • Return borrowed phones
  • Visit 2B is the final HbA1c test
    • This must be done at a Sparrow Lab (or Helen DeVos) (Lab locations here)

*Participants who do not have a phone or who have an iPhone will be provided an Android phone with service for the study period.

Do you have any questions or are you interested in participating? Contact Katie!; 269-986-0669