The Madison Clinic: A Comforting Home Away from Home for Diabetes Patients Aged 0-26
With the incidence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children on the rise, it is increasingly important to have skilled teams of diabetes health care providers who specialize in treating young people.
That is why the Diabetes Center at UCSF – with the generous assistance of an anonymous donor – created the Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes in 2011. Since then, the Madison Clinic has evolved into a state-of-the-art facility with innovative programs.
Located steps away from the future UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, the Madison Clinic at Mission Bay offers comprehensive care for children and young adults with diabetes, with an emphasis on patient education, empowerment, and the use of advanced technologies. Our Madison Clinic team is also deeply committed to advancing research in the management of diabetes in children.
New Programs to Enhance Care
The Madison Clinic offers several novel clinical programs designed to improve the patient experience and outcomes.
- A revised model of case management, in which each child and his or her family is paired with a specific nurse and physician team for the duration of their care in order to optimize a patient’s health.
- A groundbreaking transition program designed to help teens and young adults manage their own diabetes care as they become adults. When children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, parents typically shoulder the burden of managing their care. This includes a rigorous daily routine of supervising what the child eats, checking blood sugar levels, administering insulin, and keeping regular medical appointments. It’s a big job, and as children become independent adults, it’s one they must gradually take upon themselves. Patients in the transitional age group – ages 18 through 30 – face special challenges when it comes to managing their diabetes. Managing type 1 diabetes often conflicts with normal developmental behaviors. Experimentation with drinking alcohol, for example, has extra risks for youth with diabetes because it can affect blood sugars and impair judgment. Young people may also struggle with how to disclose the demands of their disease when starting an intimate relationship. Our innovative transition program is designed to improve the patient experience and enhance care for teens and young adults as they learn how to manage their own diabetes care. It also assists parents in preparing for their child’s future transition into adulthood.
- Our team in the Madison Clinic includes a full-time transition coordinator, who acts as a liaison between patients and providers throughout the transition process. To provide greater continuity of care, the clinic also recruited two endocrinologists who are dually trained in pediatric and adult medicine. They can care for patients from childhood through young adulthood with a seamless transition.
- Satellite clinics in different parts of California to bring services closer to patient populations in the Monterey peninsula, Central Valley and elsewhere.