STEPSTONES-DIAB: Transitional care models for adolescents with Type 1 diabetes

Research project
Active research
Project period
2019 - 2024
Project owner
The Institute of Health and Care Sciences

Swedish Child Diabetes Foundation, the Swedish Diabetes Association Research Foundation, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare-FORTE, Swedish Research Council, and GPCC, Institute of Health and Care Sciences

Short description

The transfer of young people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to adult care occurs during a critical period of life, while many have unsatisfactory glycemic control. The preparation to take over responsibility for their health and self-care and increase their participation in care are important aspects for strengthening people’s own ability, important components of person-centered care. STEPSTONES-DIAB aimss to evaluate the effectiveness of transitional care models in adolescents with T1D to empower them to become active partners in their care. 140 patients will be randomized to either a 2-year structured, person-centered transition program or to usual care. A dedicated youth clinic will serve as a comparison group, 70 patients will be included. Outcome measures is empowerment, readiness for transfer, glycemic control and experiences of care.


Ewa-Lena Bratt,  University of Gothenburg

Anna-Lena Brorsson, Karolinska institutet

Mikaela Hällström, University of Gothenburg

Philip Moons, University of Gothenburg

Carina Sparud Lundin, University of Gothenburg

Anna Ek, Karolinska institutet

Torun Torbjörnsdotter, Karolinska University Hospital

Elisabeth Jelleryd, Karolinska University Hospital