The use of technology in the management of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in the primary school environment: The experiences of Irish school-aged children and their parents.


Research Area:

Children's Diabetes/ Diabetes technology

What is the research about?

This proposed study aims to explore the experiences of Irish school-aged children, their parents, and school personnel, who use diabetes management technologies in the primary school environment.
The objectives of the proposed study are:
• To identify the needs and explore the experiences of school-aged children with T1D who use diabetes management technology in the primary school environment.
• To identify the needs of parents of children with T1D who use diabetes management technology in the primary school environment.
• To explore the experiences of primary school personnel in supporting children with T1D, who use diabetes management technology during the school day.
• To create an understanding of how children with T1D, who use technologies to manage their condition at school, can be best supported during the school day.
• To explore the benefits and challenges of using T1D technologies for children and/or their parents during the primary school day

Opportunity for:

Person living with condition / Parent or carer / Social care experienced person

Involvement Opportunity Details


Time commitment:

2 x 1hr online meetings in 2024

Contact between meetings:

I am inviting 3 families, 3 primary school personnel and 2 ANP/CNS in children’s diabetes to be part of the PPI advisory panel for this study. • Parents of children aged 6-12 years with T1D and children with T1D aged 6-12 years who use T1D technology during the primary school day • Primary school personnel (SNA's, teachers, principals) who support children with T1D who use T1D technology during the primary school day. • ANP’s/CNS in children’s diabetes. are invited to partake. Two online meetings will take place before the study commences and findings are generated, and two meetings will take place when study findings are known to the research team. April 2024 Meeting 1: Agree on the framework, i.e., an explanation of what the study is about, what PPI is, what participation is required, and the roles of the group. This meeting will also ask the panel to review the interview schedules for the parent and school personnel interviews and children will be asked to review the participatory child techniques. May 2024 Meeting 2: Discussion and feedback from PPI panel about the interview schedule and participatory techniques. Future meetings in 2025 (to be decided) will be held to discuss data analysis, study findings, and PPI involvement in dissemination opportunities.

Length of involvement:

2 meetings in 2024, with an option to continue with 2 meetings in 2025.

Start date for involvement:





If online, explain how:

Online meetings will take place via Zoom or MS Teams.

If in person, explain where:

Not applicable

Other ways of communicating:

Alternative communication options include a PPI WhatsApp group.

Funding available for:

No funding available

If no funding available, explain why:

There is a funding application in process that hopes to provide reimbursement to PPI participants for their time in the form of a voucher. This section will be updated once the outcome of the funding application is known.

Other Information

Stage of the research study/ programme:

Early planning

Is this opportunity for PPI in a PhD:


Closing date to contact researchers:


Research Team

Contact person:

Tracey O Neill


School of Nursing and Midwifery/ Trinity College Dublin

Contact email:

Researcher background:

Tracey O Neill is a registered children's nurse, a PhD student and an Assistant Professor in Children's Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin.

Research funder:

This is unfunded research


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