Research in practice

CBT interventions for young people with type 1 diabetes review

A review of randomised controlled trials in cognitive behaviours interventions

Cognitive behavioural interventions to improve glycaemic control and psychosocial well-being in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes: a review of randomised controlled trials


Type 1 diabetes is a long-term and complex medical condition that requires daily adjustments, including the self-monitoring of blood glucose levels and the administering of insulin injections (Lloyd and Barnard 2012).

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines state that all children and young adults with type 1 diabetes should be given psychosocial support to help them cope with the diagnosis and life-long illness, placing an emphasis on cognitive behavioural therapies (CBTs) (NICE 2015). The focus of undergoing CBT is to change the way individuals think and behave towards issues, through methods such as cognitive restructuring, problem solving and social skills training (Frydenberg and Brandon 2007).


The purpose