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Twitter Analysis of #OpenAPS DIY Artificial Pancreas Technology Use Suggests Improved A1C and Quality of Life

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Diabetes Science & Technology, September 2018
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#13 of 989)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (90th percentile)

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11 news outlets
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1 blog
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119 tweeters

Citations

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Title
Twitter Analysis of #OpenAPS DIY Artificial Pancreas Technology Use Suggests Improved A1C and Quality of Life
Published in
Journal of Diabetes Science & Technology, September 2018
DOI 10.1177/1932296818795705
Pubmed ID
Authors

Michelle L. Litchman, Dana Lewis, Lesly A. Kelly, Perry M. Gee

Abstract

Patient-driven innovation in diabetes management has resulted in a group of people with type 1 diabetes who choose to build and share knowledge around a do-it-yourself (DIY) open source artificial pancreas systems (OpenAPS). The purpose of this study was to examine Twitter data to understand how patients, caregivers, and care partners perceive OpenAPS, the personal and emotional ramifications of using OpenAPS, and the influence of OpenAPS on daily life. Qualitative netnography was used to analyze #OpenAPS on Twitter over a two-year period. There were 328 patients, caregivers, and care partners who generated 3347 tweets. One overarching theme, OpenAPS changes lives, and five subthemes emerged from the data: (1) OpenAPS use suggests self-reported A1C and glucose variability improvement, (2) OpenAPS improves sense of diabetes burden and quality of life, (3) OpenAPS is perceived as safe, (4) patient/caregiver-provider interaction related to OpenAPS, and (5) technology adaptation for user needs. As users of a patient-driven technology, OpenAPS users are self-reporting improved A1C, day-to-day glucose levels, and quality of life. Safety features important to individuals with diabetes are perceived to be embedded into OpenAPS technology. Twitter analysis provides insight on a patient population driving an innovative solution to improve their quality of diabetes care.

Twitter Demographics

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 23 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Unspecified 6 26%
Researcher 4 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 13%
Other 2 9%
Other 4 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 8 35%
Medicine and Dentistry 7 30%
Social Sciences 3 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 9%
Computer Science 1 4%
Other 2 9%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 171. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 October 2019.
All research outputs
#82,724
of 13,642,069 outputs
Outputs from Journal of Diabetes Science & Technology
#13
of 989 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#3,382
of 264,111 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Journal of Diabetes Science & Technology
#1
of 10 outputs
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