Glucose Meter For Children

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To children and parents of children aged 6-12 years old with diabetes type 1:

My name is Kaja Osholm Kjølås. I am a 3rd year Industrial Design student at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway. I also have type 1 diabetes. At the moment I am working on a project which will eventually result in a blood glucose meter designed especially for children. My goal is to make a device that is attractive enough that the child will want to use and understand it, and through this make them interested in taking resposibility for their diabetes as early as possible.

Your input and answers to the following questions would be very useful information in helping me find the best design solution!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. My e-mail address is kajakjo (AT)

Thank you!

1. Is your child a boy or a girl?

2. How old is your child (in years)?

3. Which brand of blood glucose meter(s) are you currently using?

4. Why did you choose this particular meter?

5. Is there anything about the meter you would change if possible?

6. How often does your child test their glucose level each day?

7. Where does your child test their blood glucose level?

8. Are they comfortable testing in public (class room, school cafeteria etc.)?

9. Who does the blood glucose testing? (Check all that apply)

10. Is your child able to test himself/herself?

11. Does your child know how to read and interpret the test results?

12. Do you and your child use a logbook?

13. If you use a logbook, what information do you record?

14. Do you use any computer software to maintain this data?

15. If you use software, what is it?
16. Do you bring recorded data to doctor visits?

17. If you bring recorded data, in what form (e.g., notebook, printouts, etc.)?

18. Which of these functions would you rate as important if you were getting a new blood glucose meter?

19. Are there any addition functions you would look for?

20. Do you have any experience with non-invasive blood glucose testing?

21. If you have experience, describe it.

22. If a way of continuosly monitoring blood glucose levels in a reliable way is developed in the not too distant future, what expectations would you have for such a device?

23. Would you consider using this device for your child?

24. If not, what concerns do you have?

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