Educating diabetes camp counselors with a human patient simulator: A pilot study

Susan Sullivan-Bolyai, Sybil Crawford, Kimberly Johnson, Bonny Huston, Mary M. Lee

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Purpose. The purpose of this study was to pilot test the feasibility and efficacy of a novel method of teaching camp counselors hypoglycemia management. Design and Methods. During orientation, counselors were assigned to the experimental (n= 21) or control (n= 15) group and received hypoglycemia education. The experimental group received supplemental education with a human patient simulator (HPS). Results. Baseline demographics, knowledge, and self-efficacy were similar between groups. The experimental group had a significantly larger gain in diabetes knowledge than the control group. Within-participant change in self-efficacy did not differ by group. We observed a significant effect modification, with larger treatment-related differences in the small subgroup with no previous diabetes exposure. Practice Implications. This feasibility study demonstrated the ease of teaching diabetes management to camp counselors using HPS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-128
Number of pages8
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • Camp
  • Diabetes education
  • Type 1 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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