Thesis topic proposal
Enikő Felszeghy
Changes of quality of life (QoL) in children treated with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) during growing up


Institute: University of Debrecen
general health sciences
Doctoral School of Health Sciences

Thesis supervisor: Enikő Felszeghy
Location of studies (in Hungarian): University of Debrecen, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Abbreviation of location of studies: DEGYI

Description of the research topic:

Diabetes mellitus is a complex disease affecting not only the carbohydrate metabolism, but the fat- and protein metabolism too. The pathophysiology behind the condition based on the disturbance of the synthesis, release and action of insulin, which cause blood glucose elevation, thereby long-term complications. The most common form of diabetes in children is type 1 diabetes, where the insulin replacement is the only therapeutic choice. But we can choose from a wide range of insulin preparations and therapeutic regime. Our choice in therapy can be influenced by the age of the patient or the time passed since the diagnosis. Due to the development of technology (insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring) opened a new door to avoid long-term complications and achieve better QoL. In point of it, we also need to calculate with alternative therapeutic options, like psycho-, family therapy, educational and summer camps too.
The aim of our research is to review the changes in QoL in children treated with T1DM during growing up, and compare it with the QoL in adults diagnosed with T1DM in young adulthood. If there are differences according to the education and support of the diabetes team, we try to find new ways to make it better to achieve a better QoL in T1DM.

Required language skills: English
Number of students who can be accepted: 1

Deadline for application: 2023-05-15

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