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How do I know whether I or my child is getting the best medical care available? Is there a list of recommended doctors and health care experts I can check?

Ultimately only you can determine whether or not you or your child is seeing the right doctor, but we will attempt to provide general guidelines to help you make that determination. On your next visit to your doctor, you may want to ask some or all of the following questions, in order to determine his or her level of expertise with type 1 diabetes management. If you don’t feel comfortable with your doctor and have difficulty engaging in dialogue with him or her, it is probably best for you to seek alternate care.

Questions for your doctor:

  • How many patients with type 1 diabetes do you care for in your practice?

  • Are you familiar with the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial?

  • Do you work with a type 1 diabetes nurse educator?

  • Do you work with a dietitian knowledgeable about type 1 diabetes?

  • Do you work with an eye doctor knowledgeable about diagnosing and treating eye problems related to type 1 diabetes?

  • Do you have any experience with insulin pumps or continuous glucose monitors?

  • Is someone available 24 hours a day to help me manage problems with my type1 diabetes? How do I contact that person?

You can also ask other people with T1D or parents of children with T1D in your area who they recommend. In addition, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) website is an excellent resource for type 1 diabetes care information, and allows you to search for an endocrinologist in your area.

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