What do you know now that you wish someone had told you at diagnosis? How can we recruit the newly-diagnosed (10 weeks) for studies?

Recruiting Newly-Diagnosed T1 Patients for Studies & What Should the Docs Have Told You?

I am interested in hearing from doctors, nurses, parents and patients about ideas on how to recruit newly-diagnosed Type 1 diabetics (first ten weeks) for research studies. How can these folks be recruited even while they are dealing with the shock and confusion of the diagnosis? What would help the doctors and nurses feel comfortable asking for the patient to volunteer so soon after diagnosis? How can we get the patient to volunteer so quickly?

I would also like to hear from T1s what they have learned since those early days that they wish someone had told them early on. What do you wish someone had told you?

Any help with these issues would be appreciated!

I think a way to get a patient interested is by offering education about T1. If your study would help explain diabetes in detail you may help with some of that confusion from the start. What I wish someone would have told me in the beginning is about sites like this or local support groups. It would have helped to accelerate the notion that I am not alone. Good Luck.